Peunta la Reina


Puente la Reina is where the two pilgrimage routes meet: the French Way from Pamplona, and the route via the Monastery of Leyre known as the Aragonese way. The route runs through the main street of the town, the Calle Major, another favourite place for bull running.
  The town gets its name from the bridge that takes pilgrims across the river Arga. Somewhat unfortunately, this is often called the ‘Roman Bridge’ even on the town map – it isn’t any such thing. It was built in the 12th century on the order of the local queen to facilitate the crossing of pilgrims. ‘Romanesque’ bridge might be a better description.
  The town was an important one for pilgrims: in medieval times there were two pilgrim’s hospitals run by the Knights Templar.  There are fine churches here: two are shown below.

The Bridge

The Calle Major

 
Church of the Crucifix


Church of St James



On to
the Monastery of Irache - and a free drink!


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