Picture courtesy of the Town Council of Viana
AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY: Chartered Community of Navarra
DISTANCE TO SANTIAGO: 622 km
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Civil protection: [+34] 609 141 798
- Health Centre: [+34] 948 646 375
FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS
- Santa María Magdalena and Santiago (Festival of Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint James): July 21st-25th.
- Festival of Santa María de Nieva: the festival begins on the first Saturday after September 8th and ends on the Wednesday.
- Carnivals of Viana: first Saturday of Lent.
The town of Viana, built atop a hill, looks haughtily towards the horizon; it now rests peacefully after a busy past as a stronghold facing Castile and whose castle – once the seat of monarchs, is now lost.
The gates on its walls now open up and welcome visitors for them to contemplate the many noble houses, palaces and churches that bear witness to a glorious past that was at its peak between the 14th and 18th centuries.
- Church of Santa María la Real: built between 1250 and 1312 in Gothic style and completed between the 16th and 18th centuries. It was a defensive bulwark until the 19th century. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931, the church has one of the most monumental façades of Spanish Renaissance. The inside is cathedral-like and home to works by the Rococo painter Luis Paret. Accessibility: ACCESSIBLE
- Tomb of Caesar Borgia: This Renaissance prince, warrior, cardinal and ambitious politician was the son of Pope Alexander VI and the brother of the beautiful Lucrezia Borgia. He died in 1507 near Viana at the hands of some henchmen sent by the Count of Lerín. With the original tomb gone, his remains lie under a marble slab.
- Town Hall: harmonious and austerely decorated façade that follows the rationalist and classical French Baroque style.
- Ruins of the Church of San Pedro: the original old church cemetery supported by a retaining wall with huge buttresses was used as a defensive barbican and has now been transformed into a park where you can walk and have excellent panoramic views of the neighbouring territory: La Rioja. Accessibility: ACCESSIBLE
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NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
- Las Cañas Reservoir Nature Reserve: one of the most important wetlands in Navarre, declared a Nature Reserve and SPA (Special Protection Area for Birds) for numerous colonies of wintering and nesting birds. Here we find the 'El Bordón' bird observatory.
- Hypogeum of Longar: megalithic burial chamber, one of the few prehistoric tombs that has survived intact to this day.