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Puente la Reina

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Puente la Reina

Puente La Reina (Spanish meaning literally the "bridge of the Queen"; Basque: Gares) is a town and municipality located in the autonomous community of Navarra, in northern Spain.

Puente la Reina lies between Pamplona and Estella on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. It is an important town as it is the first town after the junction of the French Way (Spanish: Camino Francés), the most popular route, and Aragonese Way.

Doña Mayor, wife of King Sancho III was the queen who gave her name to the town. She built the six-arched bridge (42°40′16″N 1°49′07″W / 42.671117°N 1.818736°W / 42.671117; -1.818736) over the Río Arga for the use of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago.

Demography

Historical population of Puente La Reina – Gares
Year 1991199620012004
Population 2,1242,1202,4122,546

External links

    • http://www.navarra.com/camino/puente.htm
    • Puente La Reina / Gares in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) (Spanish)
    • Walking the Camino de Santiago, A Guide The site has great photos of the bridge at six in the morning as the sun rises.

    Coordinates: 42°40′20″N 1°48′54″W / 42.672134°N 1.815040°W / 42.672134; -1.815040


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