Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar) Basilica del Pilar, Zaragoza. She is the Patroness of Aragon, the Spanish Civil Guard and the Hispanic world. Her feast is celebrated on 12 October with a grand nine-day festival known as Las Fiestas del Pilar. The feast is also a national holiday in Spain as it coincides with the Fiesta Nacional de España, which commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492.
The Pilar Church (also known as the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar) in Zaragoza is the center of pilgrimages to Our Lady of Pilar. Inside, a Roman-style pillar is topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus … Continue reading →