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    The Museum of Navarre

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 5, 2013

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    The Museum of Navarre was founded in 1956 and is famous for its patriotic tribute to the art and archaeology of the Navarre region which is due to the fact that the museum is under the direction of the local government. It is located in the city of Pamplona, opposite the Royal Palace, now Archive of Navarre. The museum was opened in 1956 after the old building in which the museum resides had finished being converted from its former life as a hospital.
    The museum’s collection of works of art and historical artifacts came to be part of the collection when the Commission of Historical and Artistic Monuments of Navarre, which dates back to 1860, collected works of art in order for them to be protected by the government of Navarre. Not only were the pieces of art protected and restored by the government, they were also kept safe in order to conserve the artistic heritage of the region for future generations to enjoy.
    The museum is located in the old Hospital of Our Lady of Mercy which can be found in the old quarter of the city of Pamplona. However, the only features that survive from the original building are the front doorway, which was originally built by Juan de Villareal, and the chapel on the right hand side. These sections both date from the XVI-th Century.
    You will observe there the prehistoric archaeological remains, along with Roman items, Romanesque and Moorish art, Gothic and Renaissance works; there is also a collection of paintings from the XVII-th and XVII-th centuries, as well as canvasses by XIX-th and XX-th century artists from Navarre. Unfortunately the most famous artifact of that museum the great bascinet helmet produced in first quarter of XV century and received from Pamplona Cathedral is no in the permanent exhibition. Probably it is somewhere in the storage room of the museum. Not wise decision because that helmet could attract many visitors the same “warmongers” like me.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Timetables:
    Tuesday to Saturday
    9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Public holidays and Sundays
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Closing days: Monday
    Closed: 1 January, Good Friday, 7 July and 25 December. (closed if these dates fall on Monday).
    Rates:
    General: €2
    Under 18s, retired persons, over 65s, Saturday afternoons, Sundays, unemployed persons, ICOM (International Council of Museums) members and school groups.
    Students: €1
    Groups: €1

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    The Museum of Navarre. Art of XVI-XX centures.

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 5, 2013

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    Except of ancient and medieval art, Museum possesses the very good collection of art ranging from XVI through XX centuries. Museum has the portrait of Marquis of Saint Adrian painted by the Great Francisco Goya! Goya is Goya forever and no need any representations from my side.
    Museum also displays the series of murals showing the scenes of the Battle of Muhlberg during Schmalkaldic War in 1547. It was received from the Óriz Palace. You can see there the way of the battle, the commanders of Imperial Catholic Army such as Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who was also the King of Spain Carlos I, Duke of Alba, Count Van Buren and theirs Lutheran adversaries Philip the Landgrave of Hesse and Moriz of Saxony. Lutheran army was dramatically outnumbered and was literally smashed by the attack of Imperial troops.
    I’m no fan of XX-th century paintings but “Travel in the mountains of Navarre” (El viatico en la montana de Navarra) painted in 1917 by Javier Ciga Echandi (1877-1960) is really excellent. I got the same impressions traveling through the mountains of Navarre in 2012.

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    Timetables:
    Tuesday to Saturday
    9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Public holidays and Sundays
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Closing days: Monday
    Closed: 1 January, Good Friday, 7 July and 25 December. (closed if these dates fall on Monday).
    Rates:
    General: €2
    Under 18s, retired persons, over 65s, Saturday afternoons, Sundays, unemployed persons, ICOM (International Council of Museums) members and school groups.
    Students: €1
    Groups: €1

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    The Museum of Navarre. Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 3, 2013

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    The chapel at the museum is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic-Renaissance architecture in the city of Pamplona. It was built between 1547 and 1550 by Juan de Ancheta. The doorway of the chapel, which dates from around 1733, was originally from another church but was moved in 1934 to be part of the chapel in Pamplona. Recently, the chapel has become incorporated into the museum and is now the place where you can see the collection of altarpieces and religious artwork from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Timetables:
    Tuesday to Saturday
    9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Public holidays and Sundays
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Closing days: Monday
    Closed: 1 January, Good Friday, 7 July and 25 December. (closed if these dates fall on Monday).
    Rates:
    General: €2
    Under 18s, retired persons, over 65s, Saturday afternoons, Sundays, unemployed persons, ICOM (International Council of Museums) members and school groups.
    Students: €1
    Groups: €1

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    The Museum of Navarre. Medieval Art.

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 3, 2013

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    An exhibition of the Navarrese medieval art is excellent. You shall be able to observe a lot of real masterpieces painted by Navarrese painters and painters from other Christian Kingdoms of Iberian Peninsula in XII-XVI centuries. Except paintings permanent exhibition of the museum displays statues, frescoes and decorative arts.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Timetables:
    Tuesday to Saturday
    9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Public holidays and Sundays
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Closing days: Monday
    Closed: 1 January, Good Friday, 7 July and 25 December. (closed if these dates fall on Monday).
    Rates:
    General: €2
    Under 18s, retired persons, over 65s, Saturday afternoons, Sundays, unemployed persons, ICOM (International Council of Museums) members and school groups.
    Students: €1
    Groups: €1

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    City Hall

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 27, 2013

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    The city hall of Pamplona is situated at the place of confluence of three different medieval boroughs of Pamplona; they were Navarreira, San Saturnino and San Nicolas. These three independent boroughs were united when King of Navarre Charles III the Noble issued that became known as “The Privilege of the Union” in 1423. Present facade of this town hall was constructed in late baroque and neoclassical stiles of XVIII century, although rest of the building was accomplished in XX century because building, except facade was, demolished several times, last time 1951. The rocket that announces the start of festivity of saint Fermin is fired from the balcony of this building. And the balcony of city hall is also the place where “Pobre de mi” (Poor me) lament bring the festivity to an end.

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    The Royal Navarrese Palace/Royal Archive

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 27, 2013

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    Former Palace of Navarese Monarchs stands on a vantage point at the top and of early medieval borough of La Navarreira. The Palace has also other names and they are: San Pedro, Viceroy and Captaincy. Palace has been known through all its history during different periods. History of that Palace started in 1190 when Sancho VI the Wise ordered its construction. Around 1530, after conquest of this part of Navarre by the United Spain, it was inhabited by the vice-regents and since 1841 by the captain-generals. It was later the seat of the Military Government.
    Its rehabilitation and restoration as the headquarters of Royal and General Archives of Navarre was carried out by the Navarrese Architect Rafael Moneo. Since 2003 this building is the Royal Archive. That magnificent medieval building still preserves some interiors from the time of middle ages.
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    From Monday through Friday, from 08:30 till 14:30

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    Church of San Saturnino

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 26, 2013

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    The church of San Saturnino also known as San Cernin was the religious center of eponymous Old Borough and plays exceptionally important military and defensive role for its inhabitants. Church itself was built in XIII century and was dedicated to Saint Saturnine the Bishop of Toulouse and one of the first Christian Martyrs of III B.C. According to local legend he baptized local heathens from on of the towers of this church, the smaller one. Although church was built in Gothic stile there were several reconstructions of its interiors in XVI – XVIII century. That’s why there are two types of interiors inside of the church. They are Gothic and Baroque.
    The outline of this Gothic church with its two high towers is one of the most emblematic silhouettes in the city. The southern or clock tower is crowned with a weathervane in the shape of a cockerel. The clock itself becomes the focus of all eyes every July 6, as its hands mark the start of the festivities of San Fermín.
    Special note for the people sharing my interests to the medieval war, arms and armor history: there is the bas-relief of equestrian knight of first quarter of XIV century in that church. It is situated on the wall on the left hand side from the entrance/exit. Then you got in, just turn left and have a look up at the wall right side from the organ.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open:
    From Monday through Saturday from 09:00 till 12:30 and from 18:00 till 20:00.
    Sundays and Holydays from 10:15 till 13:30 and 17:45 till 20:00.

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    Church of San Saturnino. Main Portal.

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 26, 2013

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    The church of San Saturnino also known as San Cernin was the religious center of eponymous Old Borough and plays exceptionally important military and defensive role for its inhabitants. Church itself was built in XIII century and was dedicated to Saint Saturnine the Bishop of Toulouse and one of the first Christian Martyrs of III B.C. According to local legend he baptized local heathens from on of the towers of this church, the smaller one. Although church was built in Gothic stile there were several reconstructions of its interiors in XVI – XVIII century. That’s why there are two types of interiors inside of the church. They are Gothic and Baroque.
    The outline of this Gothic church with its two high towers is one of the most emblematic silhouettes in the city. The southern or clock tower is crowned with a weathervane in the shape of a cockerel. The clock itself becomes the focus of all eyes every July 6, as its hands mark the start of the festivities of San Fermín.
    Special note for the people sharing my interests to the medieval war, arms and armor history: there is the bas-relief of equestrian knight of first quarter of XIV century in that church. It is situated on the wall on the left hand side from the entrance/exit. Then you got in, just turn left and have a look up at the wall right side from the organ.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open:
    From Monday through Saturday from 09:00 till 12:30 and from 18:00 till 20:00.
    Sundays and Holydays from 10:15 till 13:30 and 17:45 till 20:00.

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    Church of San Saturnino. Main Portal.Tympanum.

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 26, 2013

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    The church of San Saturnino also known as San Cernin was the religious center of eponymous Old Borough and plays exceptionally important military and defensive role for its inhabitants. Church itself was built in XIII century and was dedicated to Saint Saturnine the Bishop of Toulouse and one of the first Christian Martyrs of III B.C. According to local legend he baptized local heathens from on of the towers of this church, the smaller one. Although church was built in Gothic stile there were several reconstructions of its interiors in XVI – XVIII century. That’s why there are two types of interiors inside of the church. They are Gothic and Baroque.
    The outline of this Gothic church with its two high towers is one of the most emblematic silhouettes in the city. The southern or clock tower is crowned with a weathervane in the shape of a cockerel. The clock itself becomes the focus of all eyes every July 6, as its hands mark the start of the festivities of San Fermín.
    Special note for the people sharing my interests to the medieval war, arms and armor history: there is the bas-relief of equestrian knight of first quarter of XIV century in that church. It is situated on the wall on the left hand side from the entrance/exit. Then you got in, just turn left and have a look up at the wall right side from the organ.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open:
    From Monday through Saturday from 09:00 till 12:30 and from 18:00 till 20:00.
    Sundays and Holydays from 10:15 till 13:30 and 17:45 till 20:00.

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    Church of San Saturnino. Gothic interior.

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 26, 2013

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    The church of San Saturnino also known as San Cernin was the religious center of eponymous Old Borough and plays exceptionally important military and defensive role for its inhabitants. Church itself was built in XIII century and was dedicated to Saint Saturnine the Bishop of Toulouse and one of the first Christian Martyrs of III B.C. According to local legend he baptized local heathens from on of the towers of this church, the smaller one. Although church was built in Gothic stile there were several reconstructions of its interiors in XVI – XVIII century. That’s why there are two types of interiors inside of the church. They are Gothic and Baroque.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open:
    From Monday through Saturday from 09:00 till 12:30 and from 18:00 till 20:00.
    Sundays and Holydays from 10:15 till 13:30 and 17:45 till 20:00.

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    Church of San Saturnino. Baroque interior.

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 26, 2013

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    The church of San Saturnino also known as San Cernin was the religious center of eponymous Old Borough and plays exceptionally important military and defensive role for its inhabitants. Church itself was built in XIII century and was dedicated to Saint Saturnine the Bishop of Toulouse and one of the first Christian Martyrs of III B.C. According to local legend he baptized local heathens from on of the towers of this church, the smaller one. Although church was built in Gothic stile there were several reconstructions of its interiors in XVI – XVIII century. That’s why there are two types of interiors inside of the church. They are Gothic and Baroque.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open:
    From Monday through Saturday from 09:00 till 12:30 and from 18:00 till 20:00.
    Sundays and Holydays from 10:15 till 13:30 and 17:45 till 20:00.

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    Church of Saint Nicholas

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 24, 2013

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    Iglesia San Nicolas or Church of Saint Nicholas was built in XII century. It acted as the perish church and fortress to defend the population of Borough of San Nicolas. People from that Borough were involved in endless disputes and skirmishes with the other two boroughs of the city of Pamplona (Navarrería and San Saturnino). In 1222, during one of these attacks a fire burned the old Romanesque church-fortress to the ground, so it was necessary to build a new one, which was consecrated in 1231. That’s why this church had the very thick castle like walls, towers and other military defensive elements. Unfortunately majority of these elements disappeared in 1512 after the conquest of this part Navarre by the united Spain (Castile and Leon and Aragon). Church has the Latin cross floor plan and three naves. One crucifix and several stain glass windows survived from XIV century.
    I highly recommend visiting that monument of Navarese ecclesiastic and architectural culture.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open:
    Monday - Saturday
    09:30-12:30 and 18:00-20:30
    Sunday and Fest days
    09:30-13:30 and 19:00-20:30

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    Monument to the Fueros of Navarre

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 23, 2013

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    Built by public donation, this monument was raised to commemorate and defend the historical privileges (Fueros) of the Old Kingdom of Navarre. It was designed by the Pamplona-born, Modernist architect Manuel Martínez de Ubago in 1903. Five thick columns represent the five districts of Navarre. There are five bronze sheets which allude to the freedom of Navarre and five sculptures by Ramón Carmona, allegories of History, Justice, Autonomy, Peace and Work. The female figure in bronze at the top of the monument is an allegory of Navarre. In her hands, she holds a broken chain, symbol of the freedom earned, and a parchment, the Foral Law (Domestic or Regional Law). Do we like it or not but the truth is one part of Kingdom was annexed by Spain in 1512 and another was incorporated into Kingdom of France when Henri King of Navarre became King of France Henri IV in the end of XVI century. That’s why Basques still are the divided nation.

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    “Encierro” the monument to the Bull Run

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 23, 2013

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    Sculpture “Encierro” (running away from the bull) made by Rafael Huerta in 1994. This sculpture immortalizes a moment when two runners attempt to redirect a bull which has lagged behind the herd, a typical scene from the Bull Run. The work, in patined bronze, captures all of the movement and effort of the race. The artist reflects the emotion of the famous San Fermin Bull Run in action.

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    Monument to King of Navarre Carlos III the Noble

    by Oleg_D. Written Oct 21, 2013

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    King of Navarre Charles III the Noble
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    Bronze sculpture of Carlos III the King of Navarre stands at the Southern end of Plaza del Castillo. King holds in his hand the Privilege of the Union by which the three burghs of Pamplona were united into solid and walled enclosure or the city of Pamplona in 1423. Monument was made by Francisco López Hernández the Spanish sculptor from Madrid in 2004. Some details of the King’s dress and crown such as the Fleur-de-Lis were taken by sculptor from the King’s tomb in the Cathedral of Santa María de Pamplona. Carlos or Charles III had the nickname the Noble. I believe he was the wisest and ablest of all kings of Navarre. He ran peaceful foreign policy and got an international support through the matrimonial alliances with the main kingdoms of the West Europe. Otherwise that king was the real reformer, lawmaker, diplomat and builder of his realm. He was the creator not a destroyer, that’s why you can see him here.

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