Photographer's Note

Another perspective on the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain; this time seen from Plaza del Seo with the City Hall in the foreground and realised in black and white.

Numerous churches have been built upon the site of the Basilica through the years. The present spacious church in Baroque style was begun in 1681 by Charles II, King of Spain and completed in 1686. The early constructions were supervised by Felipe Sanchez and were later modified by Francisco Herrera the Younger under John of Austria the Younger.

In 1725, the Cabildo of Zaragoza decided to change the aspect of the Holy Chapel and commissioned the architect Ventura Rodríguez, who transformed the building into its present dimensions of 130 meters long by 67 wide, with its eleven cupolas and four towers.

The area most visited is the eastern part of the chapel, because this is where the Holy Chapel by Ventura Rodríguez (1754) is built, which houses the venerated image of the Virgin. Around the Holy Chapel are the vaults or domes painted with frescoes by Francisco Goya: The Queen of Martyrs and Adoration of the Name of God.

By 1718 the church had been vaulted over. However, it was not until 1872 that the final touches were put to these vaults, when the main dome and the final spire were finished.

(Source: Wikipedia)

I know many TE members are not fond of black and white images, but I have come to appreciate their value over the years. In my opinion, they allow the viewer to concentrate on the subject and take in the detail without being distracted by the colours.

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