Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Edited by: Larissa J. Taylor et al.

The Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage is an interdisciplinary reference work, giving wide coverage of the role of travel in medieval religious life. Dealing with the period 300-1500 A.D., it offers both basic data on as broad a range of European pilgrimage as possible and clearly written, self-contained introductions to the general questions of pilgrimage research.

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Zaragoza

(380 words)

Author(s): Jorge Abril Sánchez
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. By the …