Viana preserves the historic center of what was once a walled city. The church of Santa María was declared a national monument in 1931 and has an interesting Renaissance façade and a superb XNUMXth-century Gothic interior. The other essential visit is the ruins of the churches of San Pedro.
CHURCH OF SANTA MARÍA DE LA ASUNCIÓN
Declared a National Monument since 1931, it is a superb Gothic temple (XNUMXC) of proportions worthy of a cathedral. Over the centuries it will undergo numerous reforms such as the Renaissance façade, the Baroque altarpieces and the paintings of the famous artist Luis Paret.
TOMB OF CAESAR BORGIA
César Borgia rests from his eventful life in Viana. Renaissance man, cultured and perverse, natural son of a cardinal who would later become Pope, Alexander VI. He was bishop, cardinal, captain of the papal army and constable of the armies of Navarre.
RUINS OF THE CHURCH OF SAN PEDRO
It has the charm of the ruins and the grandeur of what was an imposing XNUMXth century Gothic temple. During the Carlist wars its final ruin occurred, but we can still see the side aisle, part of the chevet and the Baroque façade.
VIEWS OVER THE HORIZON
At the viewpoint next to the Church of San Pedro we can look out over the walls and on the horizon contemplate the Sierra de Cantabria, the Ebro river and Logroño, in distant times an enemy city and today twinned by its closeness and continuous and friendly treatment.
Located in the Plaza de los Fueros, this elegant baroque building provides a counterpoint and closes to the space created around the church of Santa María. It is structured in two rows of pointed arches and balconies, and is finished off with two side towers.
HOSPITAL OF PILGRIMS HOUSE OF CULTURE
It was originally the Nuestra Señora de Gracia civil hospital for the poor and pilgrims. It is one of the few Gothic civil buildings from the XNUMXth century that are preserved in Navarra. Property of the Cofradía de la Vera Cruz currently constitutes the House of Culture.
PLAZA DEL COSO
The bullfighting shows are held there. In order for the authorities to have a worthy place to witness them, the so-called “balcony of the bulls” was built in 1683, a Baroque building with a gallery and unbeatable views over the arena.
In each of the cardinal points are located the gates that gave access to the city. In the portal of San Felices, King Sancho el Fuerte laid the first stone for the founding of the town on February 1, 1219, a date that the Vianese celebrate every year.
- Viana is a large city, with a lot of industry and commercial activity but when you enter its old town, everything changes, there are hardly any cars and you can walk calmly through its historic streets.
- In the Plaza de los Fueros, on the ground floor of the Town Hall, there is the tourist office where they will kindly assist you.
- The church of Santa María is its main monument. In winter you can only visit half an hour before mass. In summer there are more extensive schedules. In any case, the view of its facades and the Renaissance portico make up for the visit.
- Caesar Brogia's tomb is barely a slab on the ground in front of the church.
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