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Title: Outside Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
 
Construction on the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela began in 1075 AD and the church was consecrated in 1128. This is one of the most gorgeous cathedrals Karen and I have ever seen. With no question, this cathedral is a house dedicated to the Worship and Glory of God.
Nave and Altar Santiago

I absolutely love ancient Catholic churches that are full of statues, crucifixes, sputtering beeswax candles, incense smoke, ancient paintings and reliquaries. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela delivers all of that and more. Here is a photograph of the nave and main altar of that incredible cathedral. 
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is an incredibly beautiful cathedral in the Baroque style. The 17th century cathedral features eleven cupolas, four grand towers and several frescoes by Francisco Goya.

During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, three bombs were dropped on the church. The bombs crashed through the roof and landed within the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar. None of the bombs exploded and when they were disarmed, the armorers found that there was no physical reason for their failure to explode. Perhaps Our Lady had a hand in that. The bombs are on display at the right-hand aspect of the sanctuary. (Public domain photo courtesty of Paulo Brandao)
Our Lady of the Pillar

 The central altar and sanctuary in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is one of the most special places in all of Christendom. Behind the altar is the marble pillar and the small statue of Our Lady and the baby Jesus that the Blessed Virgin Mary gave to Saint James the Greater.


The pillar is covered in heavy silver and gold filigree. (Public domain photo courtesy of Invadinado)
The back of the pillar.

When we walked around the central altar and sanctuary, we came to a large, unadorned wall. In the middle of the wall was an exposed part of the pillar of marble that the Blessed Virgin Mary transported to the bank of the Ebro River.

I was amazed at the large number of people who approached the exposed pillar, knelt down and either touched it or kissed it.

In the end, I was incredibly touched by the abundance of FAITH these folks showed. That was my "take away" from the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar ... and it was one heck of a "take away."

Karen and me on the Ebro River Bridge

 
This is a photo of Karen and me on the Ebro River Bridge with the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in the background. The basilica is not only enormous and beautiful, but it has a direct link to Saint James the Greater and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Steve and Karen
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