The above picture of the Zaragoza Cathedral del Pilar illustrates one aspect of it. This Roman bridge over the river Ebro, on the other side of the cathedral, provides the flipside.
And the image at the very top of the page, encapsulates both.
Del Pilar was the first of many beautiful cathedrals we have seen during our Tour of Spain. This holy place is intimately connected with the story of Jesus through Saint James (see About Basilica del Pilar below). And we were fortunate enough to be in time also to hear the sunset bells, and a special mass the following day.
It was served by a cardinal, to bring the relics of the two new saints Pope Francis had declared to the altar. They were the two former popes – John Paul II and John XXIII. The Vatican announcement was made in April.
Sunset Bells, Choir at Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain, a video clip recorded at 9PM on 5-21-14 and 5-22-14 by Bob Altar Djurdjevic
After finding a hotel and settling down, we went for a long walk through downtown Zaragoza. With a population of nearly three quarters of a million, Zaragoza (also spelled Saragossa in English) is the fifth largest city in Spain. In the short time we spent there, we discovered it is also one of the most beautiful.
Check it out for yourself…
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