Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pamplona and Zaragoza

Pamplona's current claim to fame is the week long Festival of San Fermin or more commonly know in English as the Running of the Bulls. I've been to Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls and know what it is like. I've also been to Pamplona a couple times when it was not the Running of the Bulls and it is a completely different experience. I think there are good things and bad things about visiting Pamplona in the off season and the on season. This time around though I was there in May and it was quite, peaceful and layed back. I had time to enjoy the cafes without hordes of people, see the sites and take a few pictures. I was in the mood to try some black and white shots and I'm posting three of them. The first is a beautiful old bridge and the last two are of an enormous statue of the Running of the Bulls. Hope you enjoy.

Medieval Bridge that forms part of the Camino de Santiago (St. James' Way). Pilgrams have been crossing this bridge for over 7 centuries.

Pamplona - Home of the Running of the Bulls

Pamplona - Home of the Running of the Bulls

The city of Zaragoza was name for Cesar Augusto and still boasts some of the best preserved Roman ruins anywhere. The Romans may have started it all but many many other people have left their mark on Zaragoza... Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Aragonese, Spanish, Mudejar, etc. At the heart of the oldest part of town sit the Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. According to tradition sometime after the crucifixion James was preaching the gospel in Spain when one night Mary visited him in a dream and gave him a statue of herself and a pilar. She told him that he should build a church and from that time to the present day there has been a church on the site of the current basilica.
Candles in the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain

Excellent example of Mudejar Architecture in Zaragoza Spain

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