Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate, Muruzabal

The Church of Saint Mary of Eunate is a 12th-century Romanesque church located about 2 km south-east of Muruzábal, Navarre, Spain, on the Way of Saint James. Its origins are disputed due to lack of documentation. Its octagonal plan and the fact that it is not located in a present-day village or town but in the countryside contribute to its enigmatic nature.The church is built of dressed stone and its plan is a slightly irregular octagon with a little three-side apse. It presents the typical architectural features of the European Romanesque art (dressed-stone masonry, robust walls, semicircular arches, little windows made of alabaster, etc.) as well as some other local Romanesque characteristics like the chessboard-shape decoration in Navarre and Aragon.Its eight walls sustain an eight-rib vault, inspired in Cordova's caliphate art. This structure is very similar to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Torres del Río, Navarre, 55 km far from Eunate and also on the Way of Saint James. The whole building is surrounded by arches that seem to have been partially reconstructed more recent than the original construction of the church. They may have been built centuries later using rests of a hypothetical now disappeared cloister.
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  • I was walking the Camino and stayed in Murazabal where the hosts allowed me to ride a bike out to the church. Although the Church was closed for the day, I walked around the perimeter, chose a lovely ...  more »
  • Those who say that all churches are equal have no reason in any case, but in the case of Santa María de Eunate less... it's a singular Church: by its octagonal form by the cloister that surrounds it; otherwise it has everything that characterizes the Romanesque churches and that always makes them worthy of a visit. Highlights its isolated location (I mean outside of a population centre) which adds attractive. A pity that there is a guided tour...
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  • One of my favorite places in Navarra, and not for its architectural qualities, but because this is a place that invites to peace and tranquility, and to which I simply will be, inside or outside, and charges your battery. I'm not a religious person, but this small church and its cloister, in the midst of cultivated fields, relaxed me a lot, and make you see the world a little nicer than it is.
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  • Enjoy the silence in this amazing 12th century octogonal misterious Romanesque little church in the middle of nowhere
  • Amazing. Try to spend a half hour in silent meditation. Something about this place has to do with the union between the male and the female and healing this bond within ourselves; very strong
  • Worth the detour from the Camino.
  • Wonderful church templar
  • Amazing church!

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