The Interpretation Center of the Way of Saint James Ultreia, showcases the historical period of the Middle Ages in the general context of the Way of St James and particularly that of Navarre. It has been designed as a universally accessible centre and is tailored to meet the needs of all users.
The monarchs of Navarre decisively contributed to the consolidation of the Way of St James. King Sancho III the Great (1004-1035) rerouted the pilgrims’ road to the plains of La Rioja. Both he and his successors eveloped the Way by introducing the first measures to protect pilgrims, favouring the creation of stable towns and villages which offered them services, and encouraging the foundation of hospitals and monasteries.
With the arrival of new settlers, Romanesque art flourished and the Cluniac influence began to leave its mark. In the 12th, century, Aymeric Picaud wrote what is considered to be the first guide to the Way of St James, detailing the route with great precision: the Codex Calixtinus.
After this age of splendour, the roads became unsafe in the 16th century. Religious wars ravaged Europe, bringing Protestantism and the Black Death. In the 19th century, Pope Leo XIII confirmed the authenticity of the tomb of St James the Apostle in Compostela by means of a papal bull. The Way did not resurge, however, until the 20th century, chiefly in the 1970s. The creation of associations of Friends of the Way and its being declared the first European Cultural Route (1987) and a World Heritage Site (1993) gave it a final push.
Field 1: reception space
Field 2: Jacob@ccess
The routes that cross Navarre within the framework of the Saint James Way are described: the French Way, the Aragonese Way, the Baztán Way and the Ebro Way.
Field 3: Pamplona, the first part of the Way
Contents linked to the historical routes of the Way of St James are developed with image panels; art, culture and heritage, and finally, gastronomy.
Information is available in Braille and on adapted screens at wheelchair height. There are panels with audio-descriptions for people with visual impairments.
In this area, the interactive contents focuses on places of interest around the city, such as the cathedral, the medieval churches, the citadel and the city walls, the gardens, museums, etc. It also references the different routes around the city and its gastronomy, with typical local products.
Field 4: Pamplona, crossroads
This area shows the complex and rich history of the creation of the city of Pamplona. It delves into the city’s history and its development over the centuries, highlighting how the Pilgrim's Way has always played a crucial role in its evolution.
Field 5: The Way of the stars
Here the experience of a medieval pilgrim is told through a story that covers the different stages of the Way in Navarre. This latest-generation museography includes large-scale audiovisuals, multi-projections and staging to give visitors a complete sensorial experience.
Address: c/ Mayor, 20.
Telephone number: (+34) 948 420 705
From 16th March to 29th October
- Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00
- Sundays, from 10:00 to 14:00
From 6th to 14th July, closed
From 30th October to 15th March
- Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00
- Sundays, From 10:00 to 14:00.
Closed on December 25, January 1 and 6.
Price: free entry
Duration: 45 minutes
Maximum capacity: 12 people
Visit by means of audio guides
Languages: Spanish, Basque, French and English
* Prior reservation required for groups
More information: Ultreia presentación dossier
Opening year: 2019