Tudela

The main city in La Ribera, and the second most important in Navarre, is Tudela.

It was founded by the Arabs in the 9th century and remained under the control of Islam until 1119, when it became part of the Navarre-Aragon kingdom.

Arabs, Christians and Jews lived together here for 400 years; a stroll through the city reveals many examples of this rich cultural heritage. As well as its Baroque and Renaissance palaces, the highlight is the Cathedral, declared a National Monument. It was first built in 1180 on the site of an old mosque, and its major features are a tower from the end of the 17th century and the façades of the Virgin Mary, Santa Maria and the Final Judgement. Inside, the Romanesque cloister conserves some decorative elements from the old mosque.

Other places of interest in Tudela are the Plaza de los Fueros (the central square), the Muñoz Sola Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of the Marquis of Huarte, the bridge over the River Ebro, the church of La Magdalena, the Palace of the Marquis of San Adrián and various other buildings of interest.

Information from the oficial website of the Navarre Tourist Board.                         Photograph:  © Daniel López Moreno

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