Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Route of Santiago de Compostela in Navarre

To finish the spanish cards sent by Luis, now i've to beautiful temples located along the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Navarre, northern Spain. The 1st card shows the Church of Saint Mary of Eunate and the 2nd the Monastery of Irache.  

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The Church of Saint Mary of Eunate is a 12th century Romanesque church located about 2 km south-east of Muruzábal, Navarre, Spain, on the Way of Saint James. Its origins are discussed due to lack of documentation. Its octagonal plan and the fact that it is not located in a present-day village or town but in the countryside contribute to its enigmatic nature. - in: wikipedia
Its octagonal layout and the cloister that surrounds it differentiate it from any other Romanesque church.
The continuing mystery about its origin and its unsettling interior have aroused great interest in this church, which has been a pilgrims' hospital, a funeral chapel, a beacon and guide for walkers, a place of Christian worship and a telluric sanctuary for those seeking esoteric powers. - in:

Postales Iruña
A pilgrims' hospice, university, military hospital, religious college and, in the future, a Parador. These are the different functions that the Monastery of Irache has performed down the years, which have turned it into one of the most important monumental complexes in Navarre.
Its location, on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela, has made it an obligatory stopping-place for pilgrims and friends of the Pilgrim's Way, who you will see during your visit to this monastery that the Benedictines started building in the second half of the 11th century on top of another older one from the 8th century.
A tour of the Romanesque church (12th century), the Plateresque cloister, the Herrerian-style tower and other sections built between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries will give you an insight to the history of this monumental construction, which has been uninhabited since 1985construction, which has been uninhabited since 1985. - in:

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