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 driving along the road to Santiago and I wanted to make a small detour to go and see this medieval jewel Lonesome in the middle of the countryside. This is the Ermita de Nostra Senora de Eunate octagonal 12th century Templar origins. Pamplona is not far from the site and it's worth if you're over there go and see it because it fills you with mysticism. Inquire for good for the days and times of the visits
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  • We liked. We had wanted to visit for some time. The penalty was that in December the bridge we find it closed, had to arrange the visit. The outside is worth, if you like a little art or architecture worth a visit.
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  • It is in the middle of the countryside near Muruzábal. It is about nothing. Templar, a foreign faculty, is like an appearance that excites you. For me, essential visit.
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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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