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Church of Our Lady of Assumption

The Church of the Assumption of Navarrete, located in La Rioja, is an outstanding example of Renaissance architecture with Baroque elements of great historical and cultural value. Founded in 1523 by license of Bishop Alonso de Castilla, its construction was directed by the Burgos stonemasons Juan Vallejo and Hernando de Minenza. One of its highlights is its imposing baroque altarpiece, considered one of the largest in the world, executed by Fernando de la Peña between 1694 and 1698, and reformed by José de San Juan y Martín in 1713. This altarpiece is unique for its age and size, and its latest state after more than three centuries reflects a surprising integrity.

The church also houses historic relics, including a Holy Thorn from the Crown of Christ, as well as the image of the Virgin of the Tabernacle, which is disputed to have been restored by Ignatius of Loyola after his conversion. This link to Loyola adds a significant spiritual and religious dimension to the Church of the Assumption in Navarrete, making it a pilgrimage destination and a place of special devotion for the faithful. Inside the church, a statue of St. Ignatius, on loan from the Sanctuary of La Cova de Sant Ignasi in Manresa, stands next to a memorial painting of St. Francis Xavier, a fellow founder of the Society of Jesus. Sir Ignatius, in the years he lived in Navarrete, did not know this church, but a smaller one, located at the top of the hill, next to the castle. But the image of the Virgin was already in the old church and hence its relationship with Ignatius.

  • Address
    C. Mayor Baja, 1, Navarrete, La Rioja
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Everyday from 9:00 to 20:30
  • What to see
    Main altarpiece, Spina Christi

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