Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra (The Palace of the Kings of Navarre)
You will be amazed with its exterior, but also be sure to see all that it keeps inside.
A story set in stone.
In the old part of the town of Estella-Lizarra, at just 44 kilometres from Pamplona, hides one of the best preserved civil Romanesque monuments in the province: the 'Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra', which was constructed in the 12th century. It's also known as 'Palacio de los Duques de Granada de Egea' (Palace of the Dukes of Granada de Egea) and is framed in a picturesque medieval setting where you can imagine the adventures of the Franks (of Gallo-Roman ancestry) and Jews walking the streets. The carved stone capitals on its facade tell mythical stories such as fables on the sin of greed, pride and lust or the confrontation between Roland (paladin of Charlemagne), who slew a giant named Ferracutus by attacking its navel, which was its only weak point. Declared as a national monument in 1931, the 'Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra' has had various uses as a small palace, a prison and the 'Museo Gustavo de Maeztu' (Gustavo de Maeztu Museum), which it is nowadays.