Santa María la Real

Olite, Spain

Santa María la Real is a Gothic-style, Roman Catholic church, located on Plaza Teobaldos in Olite. The church was erected during the 13th through 14th-centuries. It stands adjacent to the Palacio Real de Olite, much favored by King Charles III of Navarre (1361-1425).

The interior has a retablo depicting the Virgin Mary and the Christ of la Buena Muerte. The 14th-century Christ statue may derive from the former church of San Lázaro.

The facade is profusely decorated with sculptures. The portal, below a large rose window, is formed by 8 arches. In the tympanum are various stories of the early Life of Christ and the Virgin.



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Plaza Teobaldos 1, Olite, Spain
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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E G (2 months ago)
Sorry, paying to see a church doesn't seem ethical to me
mayte fer (3 months ago)
It is beautiful, 13th century. I liked it very much in the portico of the main entrance there are a thousand details to be amazed. Very very well preserved. The interior of the church is intimate ... transport you to another era. The entrance is very cheap. Close early. By 6.30 it was closed. Do not miss it.
Montse González (3 months ago)
Located next to the castle and the Parador de Olite, 12th century, well preserved, with a splendid colored altarpiece and a Gothic Christ, as well as a relevant baptismal font. The pointed arched side entrance with great profusion of figures is beautiful.
alcotan304 (3 months ago)
Church with a spectacular altarpiece, worth spending hours and hours admiring it, The entrance is worth 1.5 euros, symbolic and paid with great pleasure, De la Iglesia stands out from the outside and for free its small cloister and its cover.
Asunción De Miguel Vázquez (3 months ago)
The open cloister and the portal are wonderful. The details are worth stopping to contemplate. The church can be visited through a side door. Look at schedules. It is very pretty.
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