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Learning to Look at an Altarpiece. Urroz

         After a Walk, a New Idea

It is something that usually happens at Patrimonio para Jóvenes. And this time, it happens again. It was a nice June afternoon. It was the beginning of summer. We went to Urroz Villa, a little village not far away from Pamplona. It’s well known by its winter craft fair, its big square (one of the biggest in Navarra), the church and its important altarpiece. And of course, a great landscape.

Vista general de la plaza de Urroz

There, we met the “librero de Urroz”, not a normal bookseller. He works with old books and his house has a kind of magic atmosphere, as if its rooms and spaces have been imbued by the stories from his books. We spent there a couple of hours. Everybody was so excited with everything around.

So we decided to prepare a collaborative activity for October, far away October … Was it???

      Characters with Books at the Urroz Altarpiece

October arrived and here is our activity. At the house of the “Librero de Urroz” or Books with History (Libros con Historia) adults had an informal chat about art and books. A quiet atmosphere that nothing had to do with the color, hustle and bustle we had at the atrium with our paintings about the altarpiece.

First, children went inside the church and looked carefully at all the scenes and characters. It is not easy to understand and read and altarpiece. So, they need some help. How many people can you see? How many are holding books? How are they? If you don’t know, can you imagine or share your idea? What kind of book are these people reading or holding at their hands?

Personajes con libro en el retablo de Urroz

They also could look at the altarpiece with binoculars.

        Learning from Children’s Answers

In these activities, one of the goals is to listen to the people, in this case, to the children. We listen to them to help them fight the fear of making a fool of themselves. They need to feel comfortable while chatting, and to learn without any discomfort if any answer was wrong. Make them realize that heir point of view is always appreciated.

      Acknowledgements

Thanks a lot to the “Librero de Urroz”, to the major of Urroz Villa, as well as the parish of La Asunción. Thanks to all the families who came with their children to join us.

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A TRIP, AN ARCHITECT, A TALE

         The beginning: A Christmas morning

Last January, we traveled to Vitoria. It was a cold, nice morning and we had a lot of fun. We visited the New Cathedral of Vitoria, The Fine Arts Museum, and some people even went to practice a little ice skating.

We also discovered three people. They were going to become very close friends to the team of Patrimonio para Jóvenes. The Bishop from Navarra, Cadena Eleta, and the architects Julian Apraiz and Javier Luque.

Ante la maqueta de la Catedral Nueva de Vitoria

       The idea

The Bishop Eleta from Navarra and the buildings made by Apraiz (some of them with Luque) are all around this area. Not far away from us.

The students María Oderiz and Marta Aparicio earned the scholarship to prepare about this interesting topic. After this, they had to present their investigation to the members of Patrimonio.

En el Banco de España

Here you have a little abstract, especially with pictures about this story.

       First, Pitillas

It´s a small village in Navarra. There is a little museum with some of the belongings from Cadena Eleta. He donated them to his village.

En el Museo de la parroquia de Pitillas

There is also this house, called “the Bishop´s house”. But actually, it was never his property. It was his sister’s house. Her name was Margarita (Daisy) and this is the reason for what you can see painted daisies on the roof . (By the way, done in a stunning ceramic).

La llamada "Casa del Obispo" en Pitillas, Navarra

     Bilbao :

We went from a small village to a big city as Bilbao. There, in one of the most important streets, Gran Via, Apraiz built the “Banco de España” (Spain Bank). In the middle of the financial area of Bilbao, it is a building whose decoration reminds us of classical antiquity.

The inside has suffered many transformations according to the times. Anyway it has the smart, majestic and cool atmosphere from the beginning of the 20th century.

It’s amazing to discover its big dome made of stained glass. It was made by the Maumejean factory, a French factory of stained glass seen several times at Apraiz’s buildings.

Cupula del Banco de España de Bilbao

I want to thank all the staff from Banco de España in Bilbao for their attention with us, especially to Ascension, who spent part of the morning with us.

Con Ascensión en el Banco de España de Bilbao

Also thanks to Obra Insignia Company, who helped us with this visit.

I suppose Apraiz was so happy and proud about the result of his job in Bilbao. Check out how ostentatious is his sign on the wall of the main entrance of the bank.

Ante la firma de Julian Apraiz en el Banco de España de Bilbao

       Laguardia

And let’s go again to a village. Now to the area called “Rioja Alavesa” famous because of its wineries. At Laguardia, Apraiz built a hospital. Today we can only see some parts of the building. Today is a secondary school. Anyway, we could see how different is the aesthetic of this building compared to the one of the bank.

The hospital (currently a school) is located in front of a beautiful landscape. Everything thought in order to have a very healthy atmosphere for patients

It’s nice to read from newspapers of these times: The hospital was provided with all the modern advantages (from that time) such as disinfectant treatment for laundry.

Laguardia has also a great artistic heritage, as the “Santa María de los Reyes”. This is what we called “The visual universe of Apraiz”.

Santa María de los Reyes .Laguardia

With this, we want to explain that Apraiz visited himself very artistic and historical places. He knew the Gothic, before going to the “ Neo-gothic”.

    Burgos :

In this city famous because of its Cathedral and because is on the way of Saint James, Apraiz had also made history.

He took part in the restoration of the large spires of the cathedral. Maria and Marta worked on this issue. They read about what architects did at the beginning of 20 century.

We also visited the new archiepiscopal palace built again with Cadena Eleta, and Apraiz and Luque.

Detalle del balcón en la esquina del Palacio Episcopal

We also thank to the municipal archives of Burgos, who helped us a lot when looking for information and documents.

        Acknowledgments

Thanks to the family Apraiz who received us in Vitoria at the end of this job. It was so nice to meet his grandson and great grandson. Here they are, with Marta and María.

 

En el estudio del arquitecto Mikel Apraiz

 

         At Mencos Palace

At the end of September, Marta and Maria gave an informal chat about this trip in Tafalla (Navarra) at the Mencos Palace. Here you have some moments of this day and the very nice meeting we had.

En el Palacio de Los Mencos

En la entrada al Palacio de Los Mencos

Art and heritage are a great excuse to make new friends.

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Heritage,nature and innovation

 

      The European Heritage Days.

    The activity I will present today takes place in a little historical village of Navarra with an amazing landscape as well: Gallipienzo.. The idea of a mixture between contemporary fashion and tradition has been taken from the proposal of the European heritage days. #EHDs is a joint program by European Commission and the Council of Europe.

Here we have the textual proposal for this year:

“In this year’s edition of the #EHDs we are celebrating the intrinsic relationship between people and nature under the common theme: “Heritage and Nature: A Landscape of Possibilities”. Emphasis is given to heritage values embodied in nature and to the extent to which the environment shapes people’s lives and lifestyles and its contribution to their well-being and socio-economic prosperity. The events taking place in urban nature sites, historic gardens, national reserves, home yards, national parks, heritage biotopes, protected areas, every day and outstanding landscape will help people to connect to nature and explore its diversity and cultural values.”

         “A Landscape of Possibilities”

At the old village of Gallipienzo, two dreams came true. The first, where this event took place: the Heredad Beragu Hotel. It is a business based on the respect of history, landscape, and its surroundings. It is ideal for people interested in cultural heritage and nature. Moreover, the hotel employs people from the village, so by creating jobs, the hotel helps to avoid depopulation, a great problem in small and old villages in Spain.

The second dream emerged from the inspiration in the landscape of Gallipienzo and the location of the hotel itself: a new winter collection of bags by the BeiA team. Some days ago, I wrote on this blog about BeiA, a brand of hand bags by Beatriz Azanza and Ainhoa Arriazu.Their design is based on folklore. But this time, their creations are based on the landscape.

       The Meeting:

With the assistance of a good number of people, Bea and Ainhoa explained all the creation process for the new models. Shapes,colors and textures. It’s also very usual on these handbags to see arbutus as an ornament.

All the explanations were followed in a very friendly atmosphere. This time, the public was not only formed by young people but by the grandparents of the designers and old people from the village too. Fashion designers, and specialists in the textile industry joined us.

After the chat, we had a nice snack with Spanish tortilla and some typical foods from Spain as well and wine and refreshments. People had also the chance to have a walk around the village and experience the atmosphere of old times.

If you want to read more about Gallpienzo click on here and read about our visit last year. You can also enjoy the pictures on the website of the hotel and even on our profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And of course! don’t forget visit the shop on line from BeiA

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Folklore and fashion

JUSTE BY CHANCE

It was during the last spring when I came across an article at the magazine “Nuestro Tiempo”. Two students (actually graduates) from the architecture school, were starting a little business of bag design.

I kept in touch with them and made them a proposal.

What about designing with cultural heritage as inspiration? A good start is the Renaissance architecture found in a very little and hidden village: Morón de Almazán. Inspiration can be found not only on the stones of its amazing square but on the typical costumes of its Museum.

      FROM TRADITION TO INNOVATION

It was the goal. To create style and contemporary fashion but looking back to the origins in ancient dresses, ceremonies, music and festivals.

The girls from the BeiA firm would create new models of bags with this inspiration. First, they had to travel and visit the village and its museum, look at everything with care, time and even tenderness.

 

Beatriz and Ainhoa visited the museum guided by Rogelio Peña, the person in charge of this little but great museum. They had explanations about traditions, social classes and different ceremonies and roles.

Then they came back to Pamplona, and started designing

THE DATE ARRIVES

When summer is almost over, the day arrived. It was September 2nd.

Beatriz, Ainhoa and me were all excited. What was going on?

How many people would come? At the near village of Almazán there was a festival, with a “corrida de toros” included.

We had the doubt, perhaps nobody would come? After the hard work during the summer, what was going to happen?

And great! The museum was full of people. The old people from the village fell in love with their culture and their heritage, people from the city of Soria, (capital of the province) and more: people from Bilbao, Logroño and other surrounding cities. People who were traveling as tourist around this area.

Beatriz and Ainhoa presented the models and then we enjoyed a dinner with typical products from Navarra, the region from which Bea and Ainhoa come from

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Our gratitude to the team in charge of the Soria Museum, to the people in charge of the cultural area of the  “Diputación of Soria”Yolanda Martínez  and Milagros Tajahuerce  the mayor of Moron de Almazan.

 

Before finishing this post I’d like to encourage you to visit the Museum of Moron de Almazan as well as the old Medinaceli. Check out the web (The one of the museum is not available for mobile phones).

See you .

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Pitillas, A Small Village With Great Surprises

                    The End As The Beginning

 

Here is the last post of the academic course 16/17. The opening of the 2017 was with a post about the amazing building of Augustin Zulueta residence, today, the Alava Museum of Fine Arts. There we discovered a history, two architects, Apraiz and Luque.

Apraiz has worked in such different places such as the city of Bilbao or the village I present to you today: Pitillas, at the south area of Navarra, in the area called “La Ribera de Navarra”.

Pitillas is well known by people keen on taking pictures of landscapes (it has its own lake and the observatory of birds), but perhaps people don’t know a fact; part of the stone at the New Vitoria Cathedral is from this village. Pitillas has a very special stone in his area.

                Apraiz, Luque and Cadena Eleta

Apraiz and Luque became famous because of Cadena Eleta. Bishop of the city of Vitoria, cultured and patroness. Cadena Eleta was the prime mover of the new cathedral of Vitoria. A lot of architects presented their projects, but Apraiz and Luque won. So it was the beginning of a friendship that would last a long time.

Cadena Eleta was from Pitillas. He gave as present to his village some of his belongings such as the insignia.

Today, thanks to Sagrario Anaut and her relatives, Pitillas has a small but amazing museum. She received us with a great courtesy and we enjoyed the exhibition in a very familiar atmosphere.

            An anecdote came across

 

During the visit, I took the picture of the lock of a chest. The one in which the insignia from Cadena Eleta, arrived. It was written: Eagle Lock Company Terryville.

Back home, I looked for in on the internet and this is what I found

Then I kept in touch with Judy Giguere, from Connecticut, and she sent this image from the factory. Well… has not a lot to do with the architects, even with the bishop, but it is funny how this kind of connection between a small village in the States and a small village in Spain

              Coming back to Apraiz

The history of this architect is so interesting, that a Patrimonio para Jovenes created a kind of scholarship for research about his work.

Maria Oderiz and Marta Aparicio are travelling, and also reading, around the places where we can find his buildings.

Bilbao, Laguardia, Pitillas, Burgos, and of course, Vitoria, are in their tour.

In Bilbao, we had the help of the enterprise Obra Insignia. And I want to thank here Amaya Alonso for her kind attention to patrimonio para jovenes since the beginning of the project.

               A pretty house in Pitillas

 

Due to the friendship between Cadena Eleta, and Apraiz /Luque, they built a house in the village of Pitillas. As a relative of Cadena Eleta explained to us, this was not a house “for the bishop” but for Margarita, the bishop’s sister. This is the reason why the roof has daisies as decoration. The red color is inspired in a story of sadness and blood. It will remain a mystery for us since we didn’t get any explanation. I have no idea what could it be…

Mr. Jose Ramon Remacha, one of the current owners of the house, received us with kindness and explained that the house can not be visited inside. But everybody can enjoy the view of the garden, the roofs and balconies, the ornaments, the shapes. And the stairs, are a small version from the great one in Vitoria.

Then we had a nice lunch with the Remacha family, and as a present, we gave them the association memory as well as a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Remacha.

The course is over, as well as the blog. Coming back in September, follow patrimonio para jovenes on social nets, visit Pitillas if you come to Navarra, and enjoy the summer!

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Monjardin Castle. On the way of Saint James

          A perfect excursion on Spring Time

Even in Autumn, walking to the highest of the hill, to the Castle of Monjardin is not difficult at all. Almost four kilometers in an easy and well marked road. The problem could be the rain, or the weather extremes from very cold to too much heat. Nothing of this happened to us. We enjoyed a very nice day for walking. Not hot, not cold. Just perfect.

 

 

                        Villamayor de Monjardín

A nice village on the way of Saint James, is in the middle of very important places such as Estella or Los Arcos, with its stunning baroque church of Santa Maria. Due to this, and the exhaustion of pilgrims when walking, Villamayor has the risk of being taken for granted.

Even more; people living in Pamplona can pass close to Villamayor, just in a rush by car going to Logroño or to any other place without bothering. So many times I listened to people saying,; Oh what a castle is on the top of the hill, but they never stop and visit the village .

                 A Castle with history

There remains just a little part of the original castle, but it’s an important place due to a fact: There, the King Sancho Garcés the first of Pamplona, fought against the Muslims. As a result, the history of Navarra changed. Here you can see us sitting down close to the sculpture of the King Sancho Garcés .

I’m looking for some information in English about this castle, but I’m sorry , I can’t find anything in English, so here you have a link in Spanish. The only link I’ve found is one with information for an albergue. It’s nice to have this information but I’m a little disappointed to find only this and nothing about the history or the heritage of this little as well as important village

                  Vineyard and a cute church

 

Walking around Villamayor de Monjardin is possible to enjoy the way with the views of a nice landscape of vineyards. This view is going to be with you during days if you are walking to Santiago. Villamayor is near to La Rioja. La Rioja is one of the famous regions in Spain where a great wine is produced.

The church of Saint Andres is made in a late Romanesque, going to Gothic Art. A church that’s always open, pilgrims can have time for praying in their way. Some Saturdays you can also come across some wedding.

Our visit to the church was not very long, we had to climb to the castle.

Anyway we paid attention to the beauty of the cross of Monjardin, a great workshop of silver working.Here you have a nice photo by Julio Asunción

An excuse to think how easy we can miss important things in our tours, just because we are in hurry, or just because we paid attention to big things. Not always big is the same than the best.

A nice day, a nice excursion, time to talk about ruins, rehabilitation, history and think about our way of visiting places.

Summer is coming, it’s a good time to enjoy walks, heritage, good food and friends.

Waiting for you in Spain !

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From La Alcarria to Navarra

   Traveling to Pamplona

   People from Navarra, the cities of Cuenca, Madrid and Miranda de Ebro had already visited Pastrana. Now it’s time for the “ alcarreños” . Young people from this region have to go to Pamplona. It demands you to be open to new people, new experiences, and a lot of personal will. It is much more than a “like” on Facebook.

What do you know about Pamplona and Navarra? Probably Sanfermines- the universal festival where bulls run on streets- but nothing else

 

                  The Paradox of Cliché

In a world linked by internet, social networks, with thousands and thousands of pictures broadcasted at minute, there is still ignorance about your own country. The people from Pastrana have only listened about a festival. International, famous, great, but it takes place just in a week. There are much more things happening in Navarra during the year.

Moreover, the people from Pamplona knew nothing about Pastrana. They didn’t even know about the existence of this place.

It is urgent to become aware of our heritage, culture, geography…

             The Choice of an Itinerary

Pastraneros came just for a weekend. So we needed to offer a nice, entertaining, not very long tour, but at least, something that gave them some idea about Navarra. Here’s the choice: The Way of St James (Pamplona is the first Spanish city on the way), old walls, gardens and gastronomy

              What a Green Color !

That’s what they said after a first glance of Pamplona. Spring, a great rain the week before they came and the sun, made gardens burst into a great splendor of colors.

We walked through Yamaguchi Park, Vuelta del Castillo, Ciudadela, Old Town (including the “encierro” itinerary), the well-known White Horse, and the famous Café Iruña. A complete walk around the heart of the city

              Saturday Morning

Walking again through the city, we visited the Walls Interpretation Center. It’s a great, nice place where everybody can learn about Pamplona’s history and its walls while having a lot of fun with all the videos and interactive games it has. In addition, the great landscape all around made the visit even more interesting and easy going.

Later, we had a visit to one of the most important altarpieces from the Renaissance at Pamplona. The one of the church of San Miguel. It was done for the Cathedral, but long history-short, today it’s in this different place.

         “An Essential Spring Event in Navarra “

Known also as “Semana del Pincho” (Tapas week), this event is about gastronomy, especially “tapas” in Pamplona called “Pinchos”

Luckily for the Pastrana team, this ‘Semana del Pincho” was celebrated during the time of their visit. There was no better way to finish our morning cultural visit that in a bar with the “pinchos”. Here you can see Amalia enjoying one of them

              The Afternoon at Puente La Reina

Have you ever walked through the way of Saint James? Perhaps you can remember Puente La Reina, 25 kms away from Pamplona. A nice village, not very far from the city that happens to be a very interesting place on” The Camino”. A lovely walk, nice talks, new friends. Now the people from Pastrana know that Navarra is much more than sanfermines. And people from Navarra know Pastrana exits

              Last day. A Sunday Morning in Ororbia

This story about keeping in touch with the people of Pastrana, has a lot to do with the event of Patrimonio para Jóvenes in October, “Fashion at the San Julian de Ororbia altarpiece” So it was a great end for the first visit of our new friends, there. In Ororbia.

We visited the alterpiece, had a little talk with Tere and Miguel, elderly people from the village. The encounter between different generations is always enrichening for us.

We also visited an old washing site that was restored six years ago. A cute place that remember old jobs close to the rivers.

     There is much more to be done

It was a great experience. An exchange focused on young people and heritage. Patrimonio para Jóvenes is always moving, opening new roads, exploring ideas, talking to people. With the desire of keeping this going, improving, and helping all of the people who read us.

All the best for this week!

 

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From Pamplona to Pastrana

What could Castilla La Mancha and Navarra have in common? Is it possible for some kids from Pamplona to have any interest on visiting a small location in the Alcarria region, more specifically, the town of Pastrana? And why would visitors from Pastrana would come to Pamplona in such a weird season as the middle of April?

Let’s organize all these ideas first. The common link between Navarra and Pastrana is a pipe organ. Yes, as you read, since the pipe organ from Pastrana was built by Domingo de Mendoza, a Navarre from the School of Lerín.

More curious facts: Both the parish church of San Román de Arellano, in Navarra, and the Cathedral of Sigüenza, share many decorative coincidences. I invite you to take a look to the parish of Arellano here

Arellano

 

                             What Unites Us Today

However, the biggest link between Pamplona and Pastrana, and the reason of this strong relationship, is pure affection. This friendship was born through an exchange between Patrimonio para Jóvenes and the Association of Ladies and Gentlemen from Pastrana. They are the soul of the annual ducal festival of this town, as well as the stars of the theatrical visits that are held on the first Saturday of every month

                     Summary of our Shared History

One day while exploring different social networks, I discovered the account of the Tapestry Museum of Pastrana. It caught my attention immediately, so I got in touch with them as soon as I could. What a lovely surprise it was to find out they are an amazing group of people. That kind of people that motivates you to visit their hometown. Besides, I had already heard about Pastrana, because of the story of Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Princess of Eboli and Duchess of Pastrana.

As I put the Tapestry Museum on my pending list, I started to run the project about fashion in the altarpiece of San Julián de Ororbia in Navarre, with the help of Consuelo Sanz de Bremond Lloret. And well, I found out that Consuelo happens to be very close to Celia Alegre, one of the participants of the ducal festival in Pastrana.

 

                    9 AM and 22º C:

Summer. August. Madrid. It’s 9 in the morning and the day promises to be burning hot. However, this is the only day I have to visit Pastrana, so I don’t think about it twice. The fresh air running through the ducal palace, the parish church and the Tapestry museum soothe the heat. And so does the great treatment I am receiving.

It is an absolutely interesting place. To make the Navarre boys and girls get there is almost impossible. So I write down on my notes “Pastrana is extraordinary. But impossible to include on my list of places to visit”.

                Impossible?

As I saw how the chances to organize a visit or an activity vanished, I wrote to Celia in order to propose a collaborative post. The kids from Pastrana had to send me their pictures, write and tell about what they do during the ducal festival and the theatrical visits. They did it. And suddenly, it happened: Pastrana. You can remember this activity here:

So Celia Alegre had an idea…

In order to discuss some issues about that post, I met Celia in Madrid on December, having a cup of coffee near Moncloa on a Christmas´ Eve morning. That’s when I told her that we won’t make it to Pastrana due to distance, a lack of direct transportation and additional costs like hotels and such. In conclusion, because of time, money and interests, a visit to Pastrana clashed against the main characteristics of Patrimonio para Jóvenes. We had to understand that both the kids from Pastrana as well as from Pamplona aren’t retired seniors willing to spend a lot of money and time in cultural activities. But Celia didn’t give up, and used her wildcard: an exchange

                  The Exchange

This meant we had to set a timetable and, in the case of having underage visitors, we had to let their parents meet each other, for them to coordinate and approve the trip of their children. It was January and everything was already going pretty well. The first weekend of April, the people from Pamplona, with some friends from Cuenca and Víctor Choza from Madrid as a photographer, would go to Pastrana, and the next weekend the pastraneros would come to visit us.

                    Speechless

The coordination to pick up the people from Atocha, and Víctor from the university (poor Víctor had just finished a final exam) was excellent. As soon as they arrived to Pastrana they tried out the costumes. By the next day, our people were pastraneros who were right in the middle of the guided visits as part of the staff, involved in their presentation, being part of the place.

It was Patrimonio para Jóvenes at its purest. Add to the experience the Alcarrian food, the visit to the Tapestry Museum and the Carmelite Convent as well as the long walks and longer talks with their hosts.

              Getting Involved

That might be our key to success. We open our houses, spend our time and give our biggest efforts in order to offer a unique experience to the participants. We get involved so all the art and cultural heritage they discover remain in their memory as an exceptional experience, rather than vanish as useless facts.

In order to turn this dream into reality, we need tons of people. Generous people willing to help others without expecting some kind of reward, people with true love for their heritage, their history and their homeland. Just like the guys from Pastrana.

Pastrana is not only not imposible to reach, but it has become one of the best experiences of our association. Does anybody remember the “Adventure in the Mudéjar of Aragón”? Their protagonists will never forget it, and that will happen to the visitors of Pastrana.

Now I would love to tell you about the visit of the pastraneros to Pamplona… But that will be saved for the next post.

 

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The Burgo of San Cernin seen from the sky

 

                                                A special walk

            Discovering the old town of Pamplona can be done in one day, one morning, even in just one hour. Everything depends on the amount of time and interest you may have. It is very possible that anyone who discovers the city and walks up the Curia street, when arriving to the White Horse, stays a long, very long time there, especially if the weather helps. Enjoy the views and the Mesón, open to Pamploneses as well as to outsiders. You can check the website of the inn here.

It’s fair to say that the boroughs of Pamplona/Iruña well deserve a close visit. To know more about this topic, click here and take a look, there is even a bar called the burgos of Iruña. This is your web to go.

We dedicated one morning to the Burgo de San Cernin. And we did it in a special way, gazing at it from the heights.

                  A rooftop at Ansoleaga Street

A friend of mine told me that the views from her rooftop were beautiful, and I didn’t think about it twice. I asked her to let me in with the kids in order to see San Saturnino from an unusual perspective. From there St. Cernin, as this church is also known, majestically imposed above the city.

Contemplating face to face the roofs of the building of the current library of the Plaza de San Francisco was another gift of that morning. It was once the building of “The Agricultural” as an initiative of the Banking and Insurance Society of the same name.

Afterwards, we admired the Grand Hotel, an imposing building, with history, a public library where we entered today and possibly left without asking about the origin of the property.

Seeing the beautiful courtyard of the Chamber of Comptos from the heights was also a huge delight. A privileged venue to look at this place and briefly review the history of the building.

                      A book by Fermín Erbiti

The Chamber of Comptos. Stories Of The Oldest House In Pamplona And Its Surroundings” is a magnificent book. With 163 pages and many photographs, it narrates in a pleasant way the interesting trajectory of the building of the Chamber of Comptos, the institution as such, and many anecdotes of the whole environment. That book served as a guide to make this visit. I recommend everyone to read this. The multiple and varied uses of the oldest civil building in Pamplona, a disappeared palace that used to be where we now see the backs of the Hotel Maisonnave, include the history of a chacolí, the seat of the Pamplona orfeón and many more curiosities can be read in this entertaining and well-documented work of Erbiti.

          The church of San Cernin

Also known as the church of San Saturnino  in Pamplona. This visit was also very peculiar. Above all, it consisted of comparing the Gothic church with the Barroque chapel. What did you notice? Did you observe differences between one space and another?

What does each one suggest to you? It was a way of approaching the Gothic and the Barroque from an experience and a personal observation. In general, everyone preferred the Gothic style.

                     An opportunity for photography

It was a great day for Borja Centenera. He was able to take advantage and get into those nooks only suitable for photographers. All the images he captured are beautiful and mesmerizing. Another opportunity to experience in photography,  to be amazed while exploring spaces.

              Finish on the cover

After visiting the church, we took advantage of the end of our visit, with less people in the street to appreciate the cover in detail. All of them noticed something they had not noticed other times: the remains of polychrome on the stone figures. It invites us to imagine how color must have been in so many medieval temples.

We finished the morning, recovering strength enjoying a few pintxos. Content and certainly surprised by everything that a city tells us about itself. And from now on we have a commitment: to listen, to observe and walk slowly through its streets without assuming that we already know everything.

There can always be surprises. Always. I invite you to walk slowly around Pamplona and each and every one of the cities in which you live and from where you read me. Happy day.

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A talk about the walls of Pamplona

 On Saturday March 25 we had the pleasure of receiving Esther Elizalde among us. At the informal dinner, she talked about the demolition of the walls of Pamplona. ({Part of the walls. Thank Good we still have some beautiful walls).

Mrs. Elizalde did her doctoral thesis on this subject. Nevertheless, her speech was not a technical one, just for engineers, architects or historians. Her achievement goes way beyond these people: as a high school teacher, she knows how to deal with any kind of public. And indeed, Esther offered a great biographical note from the people living at the beginning of the 20th Century in Pamplona. She perfectly transmitted the fears, hopes, difficulties and anecdotes from the time of our great-grandfathers. So we were listening about the human side of the walls.

                     ” First Ensanche”  of Pamplona

For those who at the beginning of January went to the visit to the “First Ensanche” of Pamplona, this talk became more interesting. They had experienced the fist area built with the goal of giving people from Pamplona a little more space, but it was not enough at all. Moreover, it was only for very well off people.

           One of the facts that made the dinner so interesting was the amount of pictures brought from the municipal archive of Pamplona that we had the chance to enjoy.

The pity, as always happens with informal dinners and talks; was that there was not way to display a great number of pictures from the activity on the blog .

But, if you are in Pamplona, the visit to the archive is free and worthy, here you have the information about it:

On behalf of the people who joined us that day, I want to thank Esther for coming. She had the kindness of attending us coming to Pamplona from Zaragoza and spending her free time of a Saturday evening with students and young professionals of Patrimonio para Jóvenes.

Before you come to Pamplona, have a look to the web with information about the walls of the city and the great walks you can have all around.