In the highest point of town we find our magnificent cathedral, an amazing temple from15th century.
Although during San Fermin the cathedral remains closed for visits, it will be open in the mornings for several services, do not doubt to go in to take a look. It is more than worth it. If you enter the temple with respect and decently dressed you will have no problem while strolling by.
The façade is not from the 15th it is more modern. It dates from the 18th century. The old façade collapsed and we reconstructed it in neoclassical style. Inside the tower on your left, you will see Spain’s largest bell (about 12 tons). Her name is the Maria bell, in honor to the patron of the Cathedral, our Lady Maria. On the right tower you will find a sundial which doesn’t work. If you look at the time it is 2 hour behind the real time, go wonder ….
Once you come in the temple you will find a very elegant and tall cathedral divided in three aisles. If you get in during the service you are allowed to walk on the side ones. The most important piece of art that we have is at the main altar on top of a very thin silver pillar.she the Royal Holy Mary, the oldest image of our Lady in Navarre, she is almost 1000 years.
Our Madonna is made of wood, covered with silver. During San Fermín, she wears her red gown as a tribute to San Fermin. At her feet, out of the altar we have the royal funeral piece of king Charles III of Navarre and his wife Leonor of Trastamara, kings of Navarre from XV century, who are the ones that constructed the temple. The face of the king is realistic because he was alive when is was sculpted but the face of the queen is not real because she had already passed away. It is a piece made of alabaster except the black top that is marble. The royal couple are buried in a crypt located underneath.
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