(b. 1717, Ciempozuelos, d. 1785, Madrid)

Interior view

from 1753
Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Zaragoza

Rodríguez selected Neoclassical forms for the redesign of the pilgrims' cathedral of El Pilar in Zaragoza. In the interior he concealed the Baroque structure begun by Francisco Herrera with a decorative scheme of Corinthian pilasters, which lent the space greater tranquillity. The sacred pillar ("el pilar"), on which the Virgin had appeared to the apostle James, was a more difficult proposition. It was to remain unaltered, yet still had to be visible to the many pilgrims who flocked to the church.

The photo shows the view into the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Pilar.