The immense baroque Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. According to tradition ― and by now there’s enough of it invented in Spain ― the Virgin Mary appeared to the apostle James who was lying dejected on the banks of the river Ebro and encouraged him to persevere in his efforts despite his apparent failures. It is maintained that the Virgin Mary asked James to build a chapel that would preserve the pillar on which she appeared, as a testimony. At the end of the day, I wonder what histories were these traditions meant to preserve!

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Zaragoza, Spain
Camino Ignaciano | Historia Domus
Rinald D’Souza, 2018

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