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  • Chapels of Espíritu Santo and Santiago. Orreaga-Roncesvalles, Navarre

The departure point for many on Saint James’ Way, its monuments are an excellent example of mediaeval architecture in the heart of nature.Read more...

The symbols of Orreaga-Roncesvalles are the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María and the statue of Our Lady of Roncesvalles inside. The town is a major stop on Saint James' Way. In fact, more people every year are starting their pilgrimage from here. Also worthy of note are the churches of Santiago and Espíritu Santo, the old pilgrim hospital and the library-museum. The latter includes Charlemagne’s Chess board (a silver plated enamelled relic considered to be one of the best examples of mediaeval enamelwork). In addition, Orreaga – Roncesvalles is located in a beautiful natural setting home to beech, fir and oak forests. You can take a small route around one of the area’s trails such as Zaldua (around two kilometres), the Basajaunberro Forest trail (around four kilometres) or the Canóninos circle trail (around three kilometres).

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