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The Cathedral of Pamplona is impressive yet deceptive. Looking at the neo-classic façade reconstructed by Ventura Rodríguez in 1783 you tend to imagine a cold cathedral. This is nothing further from the truth. Its gothic interior is profoundly welcoming.
The Cathedral, and its towers in particular, are the city emblem. It began as a Romanesque edifice in the 12C until it was destroyed during the war of the Navarrería. Of this period, the Museum of Navarre still preserves some beautiful capitals and the present gothic cathedral still maintains the chapel of San Jesucristo. In 1394 the work started and it was completed in 1472. Currently, its Latin cross floor plan with three naves, side chapels and front part with chapels shows the magnificent result of recent restoration work which finalised in 1994: delicate stained glass windows, an exquisite polychrome painting and elaborate carpentry have all been renovated.
The French Gothic cloisters receive the most praise, and are some of the most beautiful in Europe. You will marvel at the sensation of harmony and peace they give. Note the richness of their arches, large windows and relief work... Its corridors framed by six pointed arches, the Amparo and Precious cloister doorways, the archivolts and their geometric and figurative decoration are worthy of admiration.
Also the peculiar Barbazana chapel is particularly pleasing, with an eight point starred tracery vault, and the tomb of Carlos III the Noble and Doña Leonor, the resting place of the kings, reclining vertically and with a long tunic and crown. Very close, the Romanesque silver plated image of Santa María la Real.
The Diocesan museum is located in the cathedral itself. The entrance is via the Calle Dormitalería. Here there are religious images, gothic and renaissance altar pieces, silver work and religious objects. You can also admire a pretty Rococo sacristy, a 16C Chapel of Music, gothic altar pieces of Santo Cristo, Santo Tomás and San Juan Evangelista, the Crucifix of Juan Bazcardo and the Christ of Anchieta.
Also, next to the Cathedral, don’t miss the delightful Square of San José!