A Roman capitol is supposed to have originally occupied the site where the Cathedral of Pamplona stands today. The cathedral was originally a Romanesque church built in the 11th century, but that initial church  (consecrated in 1124) was replaced by another Romanesque building at the start of the 14C.

It was in 1390 that the construction of the Gothic cathedral started. Its construction was probably completed by 1527.

Average customer review Score for Pamplona´s Cathedral


The cathedral of Pamplona has a Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles. Its design has a strong French influence. The church has numerous side chapels beneath the buttresses, as well as an apse with further chapels. It is roofed by a groin vault. The classical façade and the two 170 ft. tower date from 1783 and are the work of Ventura Rodríguez, a very famous architect of that time. One of the interesting facts about the Cathedral of Pamplona is that it has the largest bell in Spain. It is located in the right tower. The bell of the cathedral of Pamplona was cast at the end of the 16C and weighs 12 tons.

The Car Mayor has choir stalls of 1540 by Kan de Obray. A statue of the Virgen, also called Santa María la Real(the patroness of the church), was added to a Renaissance statue of the Infant Christ.

In the nave, in front of the splendid wrought-iron Renaissance grille, stands the sarcophagi of King Charles III and his wife Leonor of Castile. This alabaster tomb (1416) is the work of the Flemish sculptor Janin de Lomme and has the recumbent figures of the couple and relief with hooded men and lamenting women. The altarpieces in the chapels are of various dates. The altars of the chapels dedicated to San Blas, Santa Catalina, Christ and San Fermin, as well as the altars of St.Joseph and San Jerónimo in the transept, are all baroque.

The chapels of San Juan Bautista, Santa Cristina and the Caparroso Chapel all have 15C altarpieces. A beautiful crucifix in the Capilla del Santo Cristo also dates from the 15C. From the Southern transept, you can get to the cloister via an interesting portal, which dates from the 14C and has a bas-relief of a scene from the life of the Virgin.

The Gothic cloister has beautifully decorated capitals. It is divided into four parts, the oldest of which are the North and East walks. These date from the time of Bishop Barbazán. The South and West sides were presumably built under Charles III. In the North east of the cloister there is an Adoration of the Magi by Jacques Perut (early 14C). A 15th Century Madonna and Child is preserved in the chapel of Bishop Barbazán. The cloister has another beautiful portal, the Puerta Preciosa (14C). The tympanum of this door has carved scenes from the life of the Virgin. Sarcophagi of Prince Leonel of Navarre and his wife Elfa (15C). The tomb is adorned with a Calvary carved in stone. Tomb of the Conde de Gages by Robert Michel (late 18C). The Diocesan Museum is housed in the former refectory.  In the tympanum is the Last

supper and the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Apart from a large number of 13th &14th C sculptures, the Diocesan Museum also houses Gothic and Renaissance paintings, sacred objects, as well as a splinter of the Cross, which is preserved in a finely-wrought reliquary of 1401. You can find more information on Cathedrals in Spain in our complete guide with the most beautiful cathedrals in the country.

Video Cathedral of Pamplona

More things to enjoy in Pamplona

Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona City Guide

Pamplona is well known around the globe for the running of the bulls that takes place through its streets in July every year. But Pamplona has much more to offer travelers that are willing to take the time to get to know the city. Pamplona and the region of Navarra enjoys a deep and interesting history and a unique local culture unlike anything else in Spain.

Best things to do in Spain in July

San Fermin Festival: the Running of the Bulls

The running of the Bulls of San Fermin, known as the San Fermin Festival, is celebrated each year in Pamplona from the 7th to the 14th of July.

The start of these bull runs at any town festival goes back to the necessity of transporting the animals from the holding pens outside the city to the plaza where they will engage in the San Fermin bull fights later in the evening.

Other Cathedrals in Spain

Stainglass in the Cathedral of Leon

Leon Cathedral – Spain´s best stained glass nave

Leon´s cathedral – Ultimate visitor´s guide The Cathedral is Leon´s spiritual heart. This is one of Spain´s gothic top masterpieces and we would recommend you enjoy it both from the outside (either during the day when bathed by the northern sunshine) or during the night when it gets illuminated. But the best of Leon Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral is located in the city of Burgos, in the region of Castilla Leon. The building that we see today stands on site of the original building and was buit in 1221 on the orders of King Ferdinand III (the Holy) and Bishop Mauricio. Cathedral of Burgos visitors`guide The building, which dominates the whole

Cathedral of Malaga

Cathedral of Malaga

Cathedral of Málaga  Construction of the cathedral of la Encarnacion in Malaga began in 1528, following the plans of notable contemporary architects; building stopped in 1783 (late if compared to other Spanish cathedrals) . An imposing marble stairway leads up to the W. façade. Two towers-of which only the N. one was completed-flank the three

Cathedral of Saint Eulalia

Barcelona Cathedral – Saint Eulalia

Cathedral of Saint Eulalia Barcelona’s Cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Eulalia. The beginning of the church dates back to the 5th Century. However, the impressive view of the cathedral was built in the 19th Century when the façade and other parts of the temple were redecorated in neo-gothic style

  • Price Range 12 - 15

Additional Details

  • Romantic traveler:No
  • Trendy traveler:No
  • Culture seeker:Yes
  • Fun seeker:No
  • No hassle traveler:Yes
  • Family traveler:No
Show all
  • Like a local:Yes