Santa María de Ujué Fortress Church Culture and Heritage

Calle Sta. María, 1, 31496 Ujué, Navarra

At the highest point in the medieval town of Ujué, the fortified church of Santa María de Ujué stands, elegant and imposing. Its name refers to the legend of a dove (Uxua in Basque). The story tells of a shepherd who, while looking after his flock, saw a dove constantly entering and exiting a hole in a rock. As he went to have a look, he found the image of the Virgin. The village people then built a church as a sanctuary for her.

Of Romanesque style, the church is embedded with different constructions surrounding and masking it. The most peculiar feature is its appearance as a military fortress, due to its crenellated towers (Cuatro Vientos and Los Picos), round steps and solid buttresses.

At present, it is an important Marian sanctuary, a National Monument, with significant renovation having been done on it. It is one of the jewels of the town for its beautiful galleries, its great Gothic nave with a Romanesque chevet and its two doorways. The north side is simpler and decorated with very descriptive scenes; while the south face, the main one, is a Gothic masterpiece that is certainly worth stopping to see.


Entry price: voluntary donations accepted.

For guided tours, make an appointment in advance.

Guiarte: 948 741 273. Only to groups. Consult company for rates and timetables.

Dinamic: 618 820 414. Visit with exclusive access to the choir and tower.

Consult company for rates and timetables.



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