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Zaragoza
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The Christian origins of Zaragoza date back to the year 39 AD, when the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared on the banks of the Ebro river to Saint James the Greater. The apostle had been unsuccessfully carrying out missionary work in Roman Hispania. On this occasion, the Mother of God was seen sitting on a pillar, accompanied by thousands of angels. Mary is believed to have come from Palestine to order the disciple to erect a temple where persecuted Christian pilgrims could be comforted. Archeological studies tell us that a Visigothic church dedicated to Saint Vincent was later built.

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Jorge Abril Sánchez, “Zaragoza”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000099>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023



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