Top Historic Sights in Estella, Spain

Explore the historic highlights of Estella

San Miguel Church

San Miguel Church is built in the Romanesque to Gothic transitional style, apparent in the combination of elements from both styles inside. The richly ornamental northern front is in the Romanesque style and is considered one of the best in Navarre. The most interesting elements are the reliefs on either side of the front, which represent scenes from the Resurrection and the struggle of the Archangel St. Michael. The inte ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Estella, Spain

Palace of the Kings of Navarre

The Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra is a historical building in Estella; it is the Romanesque former royal palace of the Kings and Queens of Navarre from the late 12th century to the mid-15th. In the twentieth century the building, which had fallen into disrepair, was restored and in 1991 converted into the Museo Gustavo de Maeztu, housing the work of the painter Gustavo de Maeztu y Whitney and open to the public. The bui ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Estella, Spain

Zalatambor Castle

The first documents of Zalatambor Castle date back to 1024. This fort became known since the 13th century as the castle of Zalatambor, coinciding with the first fortifications made in the main rock. In addition to the successive extensions and reforms of Zalatambor, the defense of the city was reinforced with the construction of a new castle, Belmecher, in 1276, and a tower as a defensive watchtower that, following the m ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Estella, Spain

San Pedro de la Rúa Church

Built in the 12th century, San Pedro de la Rúa is the oldest church in Estella. The sanctuary dating from the end of the 12th century is still standing. It has three naves, dating from around the 13th century. The chapel of San Andrés is Baroque and has a Rococo altarpiece. At the foot of the church there are baroque stalls and a font. The exterior cloister has a square plan and in it there are decorated capitals that n ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Estella, Spain

Santo Sepulcro Church

Santo Sepulcro Church has one nave and semicircular apse. The church construction reflects the transition from Romanesque to Gothic art.It has a noteworthy Gothic facade.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Estella, Spain

Santa María Jus del Castillo Church

Santa María Jus del Castillo Church was built in the 12th century on the site of a synagogue, since this was then the Jewish quarter of the city. Its original name was Iglesia de Santa María y de Todos los Santos. It was used as a church until the 17th century. Today it is used as an Interpretation Center of the Romanesque and the Camino de Santiago. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest. It is a church with a si ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Estella, Spain

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.