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Pilgrims" Road to Santiago

pilgrims in their road to santiago

Bridge of La Magdalena

This Gothic bridge is the main entrance to the city for pilgrims. Built in the XII century, it has three, slightly pointed arches, triangular cutwaters and semicircular, relieving arches on the supports. There is a cross with an image of Saint James at one end. After crossing the River Arga, pilgrims find themselves beneath the city walls.

Gateway of France

Pilgrims cross the Gateway of France, or Gateway of Zumalacárregui, (1553) and climb Calle del Carmen, known as Rúa de los Peregrinos in the XIV and XV centuries, to the ancient City of Navarrería. This is the oldest gateway in the city. It bears a coat of arms carved with the two-headed eagle and the imperial arms.

Mesón del Caballo Blanco

One of the most charming spots in the city can be found at the highest point of the Bastion of El Redín. There used to be a palace here, of which the Cross of El Mentidero (1500) remains, and later a pilgrims’ inn. It is now a bar. The spot offers excellent views over the River Arga and the moats.

Cathedral of Santa María

Behind its neoclassical façade by Ventura Rodríguez, this Gothic cathedral from the XIV and XV centuries conceals artistic gems such as the mausoleum of Carlos III of Navarre and Leonor of Castile or the dainty, gothic cloister, considered one of the finest in Europe. Pamplona cathedral has a polygonal apse with ambulatory, characteristic of pilgrims’ churches.

Town Hall

The Pilgrims’ road passes through the square in front of the Town Hall, one of the most important stages of the San Fermin fiestas. Every 6th of July, the central balcony on the Town Hall’s Baroque façade sees the “Chupinazo”, the rocket launched to mark the beginning of the fiestas. The city’s first town hall was built at this site when the three burghs of the city were united (1423).

Church of Santo Domingo/ Monastery of Santiago

A brotherhood used to attend and give shelter to pilgrims here. The church is large, open-plan and austere, typical of religious architecture. Inside, a beautiful Renaissance reredos of Saint James is worthy of note. The saint is also present in the niche on the façade, dressed as a pilgrim, complete with stick, hat and scallop shell. The façade repeats the scallop-shell motif, icon of the Pilgrimage, on its niches and door.

Museum of Navarre

This museum is at the end of the hill of Santo Domingo. It houses the most important collection of Navarrese archaeology and works of art, including the chest from Leyre (beginning of the XI century) and Goya’s Marqués de San Adrián. The building used to be the General Hospital and still conserves the original façade and XVI-century Plateresque chapel.

Church of San Cernin

This church-fortress used to form part of the city. Built in the XII century, it still conserves features which reveal its defensive function: thick walls, wrought-iron railings and watchtower. Restored in the XIX century, the interior is a refined example of Gothic architecture. It contains the city’s finest example of a Baroque choir.

Church of San Lorenzo

Although this church saw the light of day in the XIII century, only the tower remains of the original mediaeval building. San Lorenzo houses the famous Chapel of San Fermin with its bust-reliquary of Pamplona’s patron saint and first Bishop of the city. Next to the church is the Plaza de Recoletas with its Neoclassical fountains by Luis Paret and the Convent of the Carmelites, founded in 1634.

Pilgrims" Road to Santiago

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