San Miguel Church

Estella, Spain

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 interior houses a Gothic reredos painted on stucco. It serves as the grave of the marquis of Muruzábal and Eguía. Of note among the sculptures on the reredos is a 17th century San Crispín.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Nelson Joanine (3 months ago)
A Iglesia de San Miguel, situada no topo de uma escarpa rochosa conhecida por “La Mota”, começou a ser construída no final do século XII, tem um aspecto sólido, quase uma fortaleza medieval. Suas obras se prolongaram por muito tempo, dando ao edifício vários estilos arquitetônicos, o românico tardio da fachada norte e o retábulo gótico de Santa Elena que guarda o interior do templo, merecem especial atenção. Um templo tão simples quanto belo, que guarda valiosos tesouros artísticos.
José Ignacio San Román Hernández (6 months ago)
Its cover of the Gospel is a monument in itself. A must for anyone who likes Romanesque
Marcos y Delia (9 months ago)
I give it only 3 stars because it was closed and I did not see it inside, although surely it is worth some more, on the outside it has an old and peculiar air, charming, very high and steep, ascent as on a mountain and yet in the center of the city, it is different and even though it is common in Spain there are few like that at the same time, it is highly recommended to lose a while and go up to contemplate it.
Matt Kolf (9 months ago)
I am a wedding photographer and this church has several points in its favor to celebrate a religious ceremony here. In the first place, it is very large and secondly it has an area with a roof at the exit, perfect to cover people if it rains before or after the ceremony (you can see this area in one of the photos that I have attached in this review ). From the outside the church is not the most beautiful in Navarra, but inside it is beautiful and has very dramatic light, something that all photographers enjoy.
Daniel Volek (2 years ago)
beautiful place!
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