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Origins of the Sanctuary

According to an ancient tradition, on the night of January 2nd in the year 40 AC “the Virgin Mary arrived in Mortal flesh to Zaragoza in order to comfort Apostle James, as he was preaching the gospel near river Ebro”. She gave him a column as proof of her arrival.

The first chapel was erected leaning on this pillar, becoming the first Marian temple in the world.

After several consecutive constructions and refurbishes (first chapel, roman temple, gothic-mudejar temple, baroque construction), the building finally gets to the design that can be seen nowadays. It is a baroque conception, following the artistic model of Saint Peter in Rome.