The Real Fuerza de Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragosa, or simply known as the Fort Pilar, is a Spanish military fortress built by the Spaniards in the 17th century. Currently, the fort is the most recognizable major landmark of Zamboanga City. Turned into a national museum and a Marian shrine dedicated to the patroness of the city, the Lady of the Pillar, who is said to miraculously appear to individuals around the vicinity, it is considered to be the most sacred place of Christian worship in the city. At the moment, a minor renovation is being made by the administration and requested that a minor altar be built to house various images of saints and of the official statue of the Lady of the Pillar.
Since the shrine is of Spanish influence, the design of the altar/display area for religious images is inspired by the Spanish Colonial Architecture that is a prominent motif in the fort and the city. The major design element is the arches, which is combined with sophisticated lines and curves that give it a contemporary look while still retaining its identity.
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