The city of Pamplona is world famous for its fiestas and enclosures of San Fermín, which take place from the 6th to 14th of July. There are few who will not have heard of these celebrations, whether by films as well as novels and short stories, particularly in ‘Fiesta’ by Hemingway.
The city that the pilgrim will find offers a whole host of activities, from visiting monuments and historical landmarks to the enjoyment of the many green areas, parks and places of meeting and rest.
Next to the Gothic bridge of the Magdalena, the entrance of the city takes place through the walls and bastions of the s. XVI, the remains of the fortified town Pamplona once was.
One thing that should not be missed is known as the palace, a group of edifices that includes not only the old building but also some new constructions and is currently home to the Navarra Museum. In this museum the pilgrim can follow the history of the Kingdom of Navarre and enjoy numerous examples of its artistic heritage.
The Pamplona Cathedral is located in the old neighborhood of La Navarrería. Its façade is neo-classical and was the work of the architect Ventura Rodríguez, but in the interior, on the other hand, its Gothic architecture has been preserved almost intact. The cathedral preserves a large number of works of art worth visiting. Among the sculptures we would point out the image of St. Maria la Real, a jewel of the Romanesque. Among the royal tombs of Carlos III of Navarra and Leonor de Trastámara (15th century), as well as the Romanesque image of St. Maria la Real. The visit of the cathedral museum also allows you to visit its Gothic cloister (13th-14th centuries), with the beautiful covers of Preciosa and the Amparo as well as the chapel of Bishop Barbazan.
The number of buildings and monuments of the city is very large, with numerous houses and churches of medieval origin, among them the church of San Cernín and the temple-fortress of San Nicolás.
It is also worth strolling through its streets and squares, to contemplate the facade of its Ayuntamiento,or Town Hall, an eighteenth-century building richly ornamented, the squares of San Francisco and the Castle, or Plaza Mayor, with beautiful arcades and spots of modernist or eclectic architecture.
Among the parks we highlight the Sarasate Mall, a beautiful example of the walks designed in the s. XIX. Another interesting walk is the one of the Taconera, in the vicinity of the square of Recoletas, where is the church of San Lorenzo with its chapel of San Fermín. Finally, the walk of the Citadel that was created around the great fortress of the sixteenth century.
Regarding leisure and meeting places, the streets of S. Nicolás, Estafeta and San Gregorio are good wine and tapas areas.
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