Every year during Christmas a giant nativity scene is installed at the city hall square. Replicas of the most known buildings and sights of Logroño and surroundings arte used in the different scenes. The facade of St. Bartolome church hosts the main scene, whereas Santa María de Palacio church and other replicas host secundary scenes.
Iglesia de Santiago el Real
This church was built in the 16th century on the place of a medieval church. The baroque façade with the figure of Saint James the Moor-slayer is from the 17th century. In the interior, see the baroque altarpiece.
The modern Town Hall of Logroño has a wide square where festivals, fairs and exhibitions taka place. Recently, during Christmas time, a life-size Nativity scene is reconstructed.
The Town Hall was designed by Rafael Moneo.
Co-cathedral Santa María de la Redonda
It was built on the place of a late temple of the 12th century, in Isabelline Gothic style. In 1453 the church got the range of Collegiate church. The façade is a stone retable framed by the twin towers that were added in the 18th century. Inside, look at the choir, the altarpiece (17th century) and a Crucifixion attributed to Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Following the link you will watch a video about the cathedral:
Iglesia Imperial de Santa María de Palacio
Santa María de Palacio is one of the symbols of Logroño. It was built in the 12th century.
The aguja, from the 13th century, is the most impressive part of this church. It is a slender pyramid that reproduces an imperial crown on top of an octogonal gothic lantern.
I found a video (in Spanish) about Santa María de Palacio:
Logroño has a very good municipal library. It is in a big building, part of the old cigarette factory. This library is a good place for reading, researching and studying. Books are well organized. There are PCs and internet facilities.
Casa de Espartero
The house on the left was the residence of Baldomero Espartero, an important political figure and regent of Spain in the 19th century. The building hosts now the Museum of La Rioja.
On the rigth, the Post Office.
The old cigarette factory of Logroño is today the seat of the Parliament of La Rioja.
The building had been built in the 16th century and it had hosted before a quarter, a militar hospital, stores...
The baroque façade was built in 1685.
The church of San Bartolomé is a nice example of Romanesque architecture. It was built attached to the city wall. It has three naves and triple apse.
The front porch is the best sample of gothic sculpture in La Rioja.
Puente de Piedra
The stone bridge over the Ebro river is the way that pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela take to cross the river and enter in the city. Every day, in the morning, you can see some pilgrims crossing the bridge, especially in the summer. They continue by Rua Vieja and reach the refuge.
The National Road N-111 (Logroño-Soria) goes to the South following the route of the Iregua river.
In the low valley you can see villages such as Nalda and Albelda, with vineyards, orchards, fruits and vegetables.
Later, going to the region of Camero Nuevo, there are beautiful mountain villages such as Torrecilla, Ortigosa or Villoslada, where the main traditional wealthy was the sheep livestock, the wool production and textile industry. From any of them you can start a trekking route and enjoy nature.
Stay up late for tapas
Tapas - it's a Spanish tradition! Basically tapas are bar snacks to have with your sangria, but they are nothing like a bowl of stale peanuts. There is a world of variety in tapas dishes, and in Logrono you can sample hundreds of them in the area around the cathedral. Beyond 11pm these streets are full of local people letting their hair down.
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De Elhúyar brothers
Fausto and Juan José de Elhúyar (also Delhúyar) were born in Logroño, in this house (5 Santiago street). They discovered tungsten in 1783.
Plaza del Mercado
Plaza del Mercado is the square where traditionally the market was installed. The main façade of the cathedral faces this square.
Portales is the main street in the city center. It is full of shops and cafes. There are nice houses with balconies. The side wall of the Cathedral faces this street.
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