Although we had brought along “Credentials” kindly supplied to us by Santiago-Net and luckily for us we wanted to obtain the official stamp (Cello) at the start of our Camino in Montserrat – So we went to the Cathedral there and made enquiries as to exactly where we had to go to get this. We were directed to the Pastoral Office, this is just inside the cathedral entrance to the left, a small and ancient doorway, if you get as far as they cloisters then you have missed it but this is easily done as it is often obscured by people queuing up to see The Black Madonna.
Go through this door and turn left, the Pastoral Office is at the end of the corridor.
The friendly staff there weren’t keen on our Santiago-Net versions and happily issued us with the official Credentials and didn’t make a charge – Also we got our Official Starting Cello.
I aren’t sure of exact opening times but the office was open on a Sunday morning, so hopefully it is open most days.
Good Luck and Buen Camino
October 12... the focal point of two holidays.
October 12 is a national holiday in Spain, honoring Colon (aka Columbus).
But also, that date is the major fiesta honoring the Virgin Pilar, the patron saint of Zaragoza.
Add the two together and you have all the right ingredients for a party. One solid week of historical rememberences, homage to the Virgin, concerts, street performers, general partying!!
The main event is the local people paying homage to the Virgin by bringing flowers, fruit, etc and eventually making a mountain of blessings!
In spanish, Pilar
to see more photos, visit my Pilar travelogue
Francisco de Goya ,considered to be the 'father of modern art' was born near Zaragoza. Some of his most famous paintings are 'The Clothed Maja','The Naked Maja',and 'Saturn Devouring One of His Sons'. The bulk of his works are on display at the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Francisco de Goya was born near Zaragoza and you can see his first masterworks in my city (El Pilar, La Cartuja and Muel).
The great mistake of all the travelers in Zaragoza is thinking that El Pilar is the only thing to see, they are missing the best in my city.
And, remember: in Spain, and in Zaragoza too, the tip is given for a good service, and no one can claim for it.
Wine and foot. When you visit this city you MUST go one nigth across the narrow and old streets to eat what they name " TAPAS".