Puente la Reina Navarra, Spain

The distance from Obanos to Puente la Reina is approximately 3km, it will take 40 minutes on foot.

Pilgrim track to Puente la Reina

Pilgrim track to Puente la Reina

I’m walking through a path in the field to go to Puente la Reina from Obanos.

A field between Obanos and Puente la Reina from.

A field between Obanos and Puente la Reina from.

Approaching the town of Puente la Reina.

Going into the town of Puente la Reina.

There is a hotel called Jakue at the edge of Puente la Reina, I had lunch at the restaurant. In front of the hotel, there is a statue of pilgrims.

Hotel Jakue, the statue of pilgrim and a pilgrim from Tokyo

Hotel Jakue, the statue of pilgrim and a pilgrim from Tokyo

Puente La Reina (meaning “bridge of the Queen”), has a population of 2787 (2013), lies between Pamplona and Estella on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Entered the town of Puente la Reina, Church of the Crucifix came into my eyes first. 

The Church of the Crucifix dates back to the end of the 12th century and was founded with the name of Santa María de los Huertos by the Order of the Templars.

Church of the Crucifix, Calle Crucifijo (Crucifix Street) and the Crucifix (The Cross of Christ, the Passion)

Church of the Crucifix, Calle Crucifijo (Crucifix Street) and the Crucifix (The Cross of Christ, the Passion)

Hostel for pilgrims next to Church of the Crucifix.

Hostel for pilgrims next to Church of the Crucifix.

Got out Crucifix Church, walking to the center of Puente la Reina through the Crucifix Street, and to enter Calle Mayor (Mayor Street) eventually.

Calle Crucifijo (Crucifix Street) and Calle Mayor (Mayor Street)

Calle Crucifijo (Crucifix Street) and Calle Mayor (Mayor Street)

The Church of St. James was built in the 12th century, and reformed and extended in the 15th century when different Gothic-style elements were added.

Iglesia de Santiago el Mayor (Church of St. James on Mayor Street)

Iglesia de Santiago el Mayor (Church of St. James on Mayor Street)

The portico and the chapter room still remain from the original Romanesque church.

Portal and interior of St. James church, Puente la Reina

Portal and interior of St. James church, Puente la Reina

In the interior of the church there is an altarpiece dating from the 18th century, and statues of Saint James the Pilgrim.

Left the church of St. James, I walked down the Mayor Street to the west.

Calle Mayor (Mayor Street)

Calle Mayor (Mayor Street)

Wandering in the town of Puente la Reina for a while.

Sceneries in Puente la Reina Navarra.

Sceneries in Puente la Reina Navarra.

And arrived at Iglesia de San Pedro Puente. ( The church of San Pedro Bridge)

The church of San Pedro Bridge; Precincts of the church is a children's playground.

The church of San Pedro Bridge; Precincts of the church is a children’s playground.

The church of San Pedro was built in the fourteenth century and expanded as the church of Santiago in the 16th to 18th.

Altar of San Pedro, Church of St. Peter Puente la Reina

Altar of San Pedro, Church of St. Peter Puente la Reina

Altar of the Virgin Mary, Church of St. Peter Puente la Reina

Altar of the Virgin Mary, Church of St. Peter Puente la Reina

Precincts of San Pedro church has become a children’s playground now.

Now, finally let me leave Puente la Reina across this bridge.

The bridge gate of the Queen.

The bridge gate of the Queen.

Doña Mayor, wife of King Sancho III was the queen who gave her name to the town. She built the six-arched bridge over the Río Arga for the use of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago.

“Bridge of the Queen,” leave the Puente La Reina across this bridge.

“Bridge of the Queen,” leave the Puente La Reina across this bridge.

Bridge of the Queen (Puente La Reina)

Bridge of the Queen (Puente La Reina)

It was really elegant and beautiful bridge indeed.

Doña Urraca of Zamora (Doña Mayor) and her town and bridge.

Doña Urraca of Zamora (Doña Mayor) and her town and bridge.

Across the bridge, I took some photos from the riverbank of the Río Arga and headed for a next destination.

Flowers from northern Spain.

Flowers from northern Spain.

 

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