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Pilar is Portuguese and Spanish for pillar. It has assumed a great religious significance due to

  • Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar), the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her appearance in Spain, where she is commonly depicted as standing on top of a pillar
    • María del Pilar (Mary of the Pillar), derived from the above, is a common female name in Latin American countries. In Spain, it is usually abbreviated to Pilar, and as such developed into a name in its own right.







Other uses[edit]

  • Fort Pilar, a 17th-century military defence fortress built by the Spanish colonial government in Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Pilar College, a private sectarian school in Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald, a fictional character on the NBC/DirecTV soap opera Passions
  • Pilar tuco-tuco, a species of rodent in the family Ctenomyidae
  • Treaty of Pilar, a pact signed among the rulers of the Argentine provinces of Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Buenos Aires
  • Pilar (boat), Ernest Hemingway's boat, also the protagonist in his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls and his nickname for second wife Pauline Pfeiffer
  • Pillar (band), a Christian rock band

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