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TRIP TO LA RIOJA’S 12TH CENTURY

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The route starts at the town of Peciña that belongs to the township of St. Vicente de la Sonsierra, where we find the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Piscina, probably the most complete Romanesque building in La Rioja; founded by Don Ramiro Sánchez de Navarra, son of Sancho Garcés IV, who entered in Jerusalem through the gate near the Pool of Bethesda during the First Crusade in 1099. On his return, he ordered the building of this temple which name recalls the gate through which he entered in the Holy City.
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The next stop is the small town of Ochánduri, where the parochial church of La Concepción is located. It has one of the most perfect apses as well as one of the best examples of sculpture in the area. Its facade is also remarkable, being the best preserved element of the temple’s nave.

The journey continues through one of the most famous towns of St. James’ Way: St. Domingo de la Calzada, where the famous homonymous procathedral stands. It has a style and proportions typical of the great pilgrimage churches, that had already been ceased to build after the completion of Santiago de Compostela. That explains the spectacular architectural distribution of the temple’s chevet, the only zone built –partly- under the canons of Romanesque.

The next stop is the town of Nájera, also located on St. James’ Road, where the monastery of St. María la Real is found, built under the orders of the King Don García, who, according to the legend, whilst he was hunting he found a cave with an altar with the image of the Virgin, a bell, a jug and a bouquet of lilies. On the next year, after the conquest of Calahorra, he promised to build next to that grotto a temple with the idea to serve the purpose of a royal pantheon. And that function is still being kept at present, as it holds the remains of monarchs and nobles in great quantity.

The journey continues in the town of Navarrete, also located on St. James’ Way, where the hermitage of St. Juan de Acre, which ruins were demolished in the 19th century, although some elements were reutilised, in particular the church’s facade and two richly decorated openings that adorn the closing wall of the town’s cemetery erected with ashlars from the mentioned hermitage, that show several quarrying marks.

• Planned visits: Nuestra Señora de la Piscina, La Concepción de Ochánduri, St. Domingo de la Calzada, St. María La Real in Nájera and St. Juan Acre in Navarrete.

• Total approximate distance travelled: 82 Km

• Type of recommended stay: Rural accomodations in the surroundings of La Rioja.

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Día 1

San Vicente de la Sonsierra

Iglesia románica construida en dos fases: aunque fue consagrada en 1137 época a la que pertenecen la cabecera y el presbiterio, la cabecera y el presbiterio la nave y la magnifica portada del costado sur son posteriores al menos en un siglo. Posteriormente se añadieron una torre y una estancia en el costado norte.

Ochánduri

Romanesque church of ends of the 12th century that consists only of a nave and an apse, of which they preserve the head-board, part of the nave and his magnificent southern front page and that has an interesting sculptural decoration. One of the characteristics of the sculpture of this zone is not existence of iconographic complete programs, being the decoration an amalgam of different unconnected topics.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Magnífico templo comenzado en estilo románico a mediados del s. XII, y terminado en el XIV. Su cabecera que consiste en un gran ábside semicircular con girola es románico de la primera fase, pero las naves stán ya separadas por arquerís góticas y cubiertas por bóvedas de crucería.

Día 2

Nájera

Aunque de origen anterior, el templo actual data del S.XIII y se ha convertido en un panteón que acoge los restos de  onarcas y nobles navarros. De entre los sarcófagos que se conservan destaca la tapa del de Doña Blanca de Navarra, datado a mediados del S, XII, con una magnífica decoración románica.

Navarrete

Iglesia románica que po estar en estado de ruina, se demolió en el S. XIX, reutilizando su portada, que consta de cinco arquivoltas apuntadas decoradas con dientes de sierra, finos baquetones y puntas de diamante, y dos vanos ricamente decorados en el muro de cierre del cementerio. En sus proximidades se pueden visitar los restos de la iglesia.

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