A tour of its five main landmarks,
from the spiritual heart of Navarre’s mountainous region,
its history, art and legend to its oldest treasures:
Santa María de Roncesvalles, Sancho the Strong and the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa,
Roncesvalles Museum-Treasure, the Way of St James, the Battle of Roncesvalles.
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The tour begins in the church of Santa María de Roncesvalles. One of the most important Marian sanctuaries in and spiritual centre of the Navarre´s mountainous region due to local devotion to the Virgin of Roncesvalles. The church is the earliest fully Gothic building in Navarre and is in a very pure French primitive style.
The cloister and the chapter house where Sancho VII the Strong, one of the kings who fought in the famous Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212), is buried. In addition to the magnificent recumbent statue of the king, the chapter house displays a fragment of the chains broken during the battle and the famous stained glass window in which it is depicted.
Museum-Treasure. Here some of the most important pieces of Navarre’s historical and artistic heritage, such as Miramamolin’s emerald, the Roncesvalles Gospel Book, Charlemagne’s chessboard and two of Navarre’s best paintings, The Holy Family with the infant John the Baptist by “El Divino” Morales and the Roncesvalles Triptych, are on display.
The Church of Santiago, 13th-century Gothic chapel dedicated to St James, symbol of the importance of the Way as the origin of Roncesvalles.
Charlemagne’s silo. This is the oldest building in Roncesvalles. Legend has it that the Franks who died in the Battle of Roncesvalles (778) are buried here. It was also the pilgrims’ cemetery for centuries.