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Puente la Reina, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Puente la Reina - a town with about 3 thousand people, is located 20 km from Pamplona. Despite today's insignificance, there is a lot of interesting. It is located on the so-called the Camino de Santiago (the path of St. James) - the road leading from Europe (in this case from France) to Santiago de Compostela. The extraordinary popularity of this route allowed the cities that are on this way to live comfortably at the expense of servicing pilgrims.


 Puente la Reina

 Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina

 

 Puente la Reina

 Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina

 Puente la Reina

 Puente la Reina

The main attraction of Puente la Reina, which gave the name of the city - the Roman bridge. However, he is not Roman - built it in the XI century by the order of one of the Navarre queens, to provide a convenient crossing over the river Arga, thus pilgrims to St. Jacob. Which exactly queen turned out to be so decisive, is not known reliably, but the city's name is translated exactly as the Queen's Bridge. Why the bridge was called Roman, it is unclear. Maybe because of a similar shape, and maybe just the building material was taken from some Roman ruins.

 Puente la Reina - Roman Bridge

 Roman Bridge
Puente Romanico (XI century)

 

 Puente la Reina - Roman Bridge

Roman Bridge
Puente Romanico (XI century)

 

 Puente la Reina - Roman Bridge

Roman Bridge
Puente Romanico (XI century)

 

Мост служил въездом в город - сохранились ворота и городские стены возле реки.

 

 Puente la Reina - Roman Bridge

Roman Bridge
Puente Romanico (XI century)

 

 

The total gate was four, nominally preserved one more, opposite the bridge, but, in fact, this is no longer a gate, but just a crossroads. The portal was liquidated in the early twentieth century.

 

 Puente la Reina - Gate of Suso (Relox)

 Gate of Suso (Relox)
Portal de Suso or del Relox

It is not at all surprising that the main church of Puente la Reina is dedicated to St. Jacob, to whom the city owes its existence. Its present appearance (including the impressive bell tower towering over the whole city) is the result of a large-scale reconstruction of the 16th century, but where some fragments of the original Romanesque church can be found.

 

 Puente la Reina - Church of St. Jacob

 Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XII-XVI century)

 

All the same can be said about another city church - St. Peter. The Romanesque building appeared simultaneously with the birth of the city, in the period of its greatest prosperity a reconstruction was made. Unless the tower is even more recent - it was replaced by the destroyed medieval already at the time of the Baroque.

 

 Puente la Reina - Church of St. Peter

 Church of St. Peter
Iglesia de San Pedro (XII-XVIII century)

 

 Puente la Reina - Church of St. Peter

 Church of St. Peter
Iglesia de San Pedro (XII-XVIII century)

 

The Church of the Crucifixion is on the outskirts opposite to the bridge, before this place was located outside the city. Founded by the Templars, the church provided shelter to pilgrims and served the hospital for them.

 

 Puente la Reina - Church of the Crucifixion

 Church of the Crucifixion
Iglesia del Crucifijo (XII century)

 

 Puente la Reina - Church of the Crucifixion

  Church of the Crucifixion
Iglesia del Crucifijo (XII century)

 

 Puente la Reina - Church of the Crucifixion

  Church of the Crucifixion
Iglesia del Crucifijo (XII century)

 

The same tasks were performed by the Augustinian monastery of St. Spirit, located on the other side of the river, is also outside the city. In it, unfortunately, the original preserved little - in the XVIII century the monastery was destroyed almost to the ground.

 

 Puente la Reina - Church of the monastery of St. Spirit

 Church of the monastery of St. Spirit
Iglesia y Convento de Sancti Spiritus (XIII-XIV century)

 

Of the civilian buildings in Puente la Rhea, several houses of the local nobility have been preserved, but they are not very interesting and practically do not stand out from the surrounding buildings.

 

 Puente la Reina - Vinkulo House

 Vinkulo House
Casa del Vinculo (XVII century)

 

Despite the small size of the city, Puente la Reina has many attractions. There is a tourist office here. From Pamplona get easily by bus, go for about half an hour, you can view everything in half a day, so this is a good option for a one-day outing.

 

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Tourist attraction map of Puente la Reina
Tourist attraction map of Puente la Reina

 

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