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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Museu de Navarra in Pamplona

If you fly into Madrid, then bus to Pamplona and take a day or two to rest, adjust to the time change, and see the city, then when you are on the Camino, you can either stop before Pamplona in Trinidad de Arre, or after Pamplona, and get in "between the wave" of pilgrims.  Walking this way, between the stages, there is less struggle to find a bed.

Today I'd like to give you a little teaser about the Museu de Navarra in Pamplona.  Since most of our Anniewalkers groups meet here, pilgrims have a perfect opportunity to visit this wonderful museum.

The building, with its 1556 Plateresque facade, was originally an ancient hospital, the Antiguo Hospital de Nuestra SeƱora de la Misericordia.



Once inside you can see sculptures, paintings, carved stone and plaster, jewelry, glass work, and many other wonderful objects.

Here are a few:

18th Century San Miguel Archangel
Cycle of Genesis - Jacob Bouttats (end of 17th c.)
Interesting human faces
A wonderful Jesus
with feet blackened by human touch.
15th century Virgin and Child.
The Franciscans apparently had nothing against breast feeding.

Some 11th century capitals
1055 Cordoban Islamic ivory chest made for the relics of Sts. Nunila and Alodia.
Some wonderfully carved 3d, 4th, 5th century Roman tombstones
A reminder that glass containers aren't as modern as we think.
Wonderful retablos from 1509-1546. A good reason to bring binoculars with you.

Another beautiful Virgin and Child

This museum really is a jewel and not to be missed. 

Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm.
Sundays and festival days 11 am to 2 pm
MONDAY CLOSED
Price is €2 though I believe Pilgrims may still get in free or discounted.



1 comment:

  1. Easy to spend most of a day viewing the treasures. Saturday afternoons and Sundays are free admission.

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