The most mysterious church of Spain

In the heart of Navarre, not far from its capital Pamplona, ​​the mysterious church of Saint Maria de Eunate of the 12th century stands alone in the fields. Everything is unusual in it - both its external (it is called the church of 100 doors) and its history and its location (in a bare field) in the way of St. James.

The church itself, Romanesque in style, is shaped like an octagon, surrounded by a long line of arches, like a gate. Perhaps there was previously a small garden around the church. More about the church itself is not known.







Its first documentary records refer only to 1487. Therefore, why the church was built in this very place, far from settlements, is unknown to anyone.



I could not get inside, the church was closed. But I was there on the eve of the Catholic Christmas, it is possible that this is

There were versions that the temple belonged to the Templar order, since the octagon shape is characteristic of some Templar buildings and repeats the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, but nothing is known about their activity in these places.A more realistic version that belonged to the Order of the Hospitallers and the pilgrims could stop here, following in Santiago. At least around the church a lot of graves in the armor of this order


You can get here only by car.

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