Javier Pyrenees, Spain

Passing through Yesa village and crossing over the river, Rio Aragon, it is the  village of Javier soon.

San Esteban (Church of St. Esteban) and Iglesia vieja San Esteban (Old Church of St. Esteban) in Yesa Village.

San Esteban (Church of St. Esteban) and Iglesia vieja San Esteban (Old Church of St. Esteban) in Yesa Village.

Rio Aragon (River Aragon)

Rio Aragon (River Aragon)

Ruined old bridge of Yesa, Spain

Ruined old bridge of Yesa, Spain

This is an early Roman bridge, destroyed 19th century at the Civil War in Spain.

Crossing the Rio Aragon, I arrived at the village of Javier soon.

Javier (Xavier in Romance, Xabier in Basque) is a really small town and municipality located in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, with a population of 112.

Map of Javier Village.

Map of Javier Village.

1. Hotel-Restaurant Meson 2. Cafeteria Goa 3. Areso: you can enjoy ice cream and sweets. 4. Javier Cypress: Shop of souvenirs and gifts 5. Tourist information office 6. Hotel and Restaurant Xabier 7. Javier Castle-Museum

8. BasilicaIglesias (Church) 9. Parish Oblate Convent (Oblate Parish Convent) 10. Jesuit Community – Spirituality Center 11. Audetorio “Juan de Jaso” 12. Missionaries of Christ Jesus Museum 13. Town Hall 14. Diocesan Central Hostel Javie.

Through the park, going to Javier Castle.

Through the park, going to Javier Castle.

On the way to Javier Castle.

On the way to Javier Castle.

There are some cafeterias, restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops and the statue of St. Francisco Javier in this area.

The statue of St. Francisco Javier

The statue of St. Francisco Javier

San Francisco Javier (1506 – 1552), was a Roman Catholic missionary born in Javier, Kingdom of Navarre, and co-founder of the Society of Jesus. He was one of the first seven Jesuits, and led an extensive mission into Asia. He is famous by having told Christianity to Japan for the first time in 1549.

Javier Castle

Javier Castle

Basilica Iglesias de Javier

Basilica Iglesias de Javier

On the grounds of Javier Castle, there is also a chapel and convent for a cloistered order of nuns, a quiet place of simple beauty.

Javier Castle and I.

Javier Castle and I.

The castle, with its adjacent 19th century church (the left building in this picturein), has been restored as a museum. The castle contains an extraordinary family chapel with a late medieval crucifix of a smiling Jesus.

The entrance of the Javier Castle

The drawbridge of the Javier Castle

Inside the castle gate.

Inside the castle gate.

Artworks in the castle

Artworks in the castle

Holy Cross of Alter in the chapel, Javier Castle.

Holy Cross of Alter in the chapel, Javier Castle.

Christ the Redeemer statue that appears to be smiling is the sculpture of the 13th century from walnut.

The basilica adjacent to Javier Castle and its façade.

The basilica adjacent to Javier Castle and its façade.

Courtyard of the basilica.

Courtyard of the basilica.

 Main alter of the basilica.

Main alter of the basilica.

Column Capitals which expressed St. Francisco Javier’s missionary work in Asia.

Column Capitals which expresses St. Francisco Javier’s missionary works in Asia.

Landscape from the castle of Javier Navarra.

Landscape from the castle of Javier Navarra.

After the Javier Castle, I was wandering around the Javier village for a while.

 Javier Town Hall and Pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela

Javier Town Hall and Pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela

Then I left Javier Village for Monreal, Navarra.

Wild flowers of Pyrenees.

Wild flowers of Pyrenees.

 

2 thoughts on “Javier Pyrenees, Spain

  1. Hi,

    I am a high school teacher at St. Francis’ Canossian College. I was wondering if you have more photos of the statue of St. Francisco Javier? I would really appreciate it if you could share them with us.

    Many thanks!

    J Ho

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