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Did you know that... Torres del Río

 

Also known as Torres de Sansol, it is located on a hilltop next to the hill of Sansol, in a picturesque setting surrounded by fields presided over by the Sierra de Codés. Although the whole area was intensely Romanized, few vestiges remain of it. According to chronicles, the town already existed before the Muslim invasion and was reconquered after Monjardín. Being already Christian, it is known that it had a monastery that in 1.109 was donated to the one of Irache. Pope Alexander III, in 1.172, took under his protection the monastery of Irache and its abbot Viviano, confirming all their advantages and possessions, among which is expressly mentioned the Torres "Turres" with all their belongings.

 

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Torres del Río

A little more history

 

Being one of the five towns of Los Arcos, Torres del Río, due to disputes between Henry IV of Castile and John II of Aragon, was annexed to Castile from 1,463 to 1,753, the year in which King Ferdinand VI returned them to Navarre. Although during these years it continued to be governed by Navarrese law and remained economically immersed in Navarre. It has been historically recorded that people from the town together with other guerrillas from neighbouring towns and commanded by General Mina clashed with French troops during the War of Independence.

 

What to see in Torres del Río?

 

Torres del Río is a charming village with an irregular layout due to the slopes of the hill where it is situated, and narrow, steep streets in which we find mansions with coats of arms from the 17th and 18th centuries, protected by the parish church called San Andrés, in honour of its patron saint, which is a Gothic-Renaissance masonry work, built at the beginning of the 17th century on top of another previous church, and located at the top of the village.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Torres del Río

To discover

 

In the lower part of the village, sheltered from its houses, is the church of the Holy Sepulchre, an architectural jewel of the Romanesque of the twelfth century, which by its octagonal plan reminds the basilica of Jerusalem. It has a unique star vault of Caliphate origin. The only image inside, which serves as a brooch for such beauty, is a Romanesque carving of the Crucified, with a royal crown and four nails.

 

Festivities

 

The patron saint fiestas in honour of the Vera Cruz are held on the second weekend of September. On November 30 they honor their Patron Saint Andres.

 

Traditions

 

In the church of the Holy Sepulchre is the tower or lantern, identical in shape to the church, but in small and simplified form. In each of the sides of this tower corresponding to the cardinal points a window is opened. Its function seems to be to serve as a guide for pilgrims, as a fire was kept lit inside so that it could be seen in the distance. On the other hand and due to the centralized and octagonal plan of the church, this one, is considered as Funerary Monument and its tower with its flame would have a symbolic value of purifying fire of souls with a view to the Resurrection as the so called "lanterns of the dead" that abounded in the medieval European cemeteries.

Detail of the coat of arms of a mansion in Torres del Río

Curiosities

 

The church of the Holy Sepulchre is attributed its construction and use to the Templars, but there are no data to prove it, others give its origin to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, but what is certain is that it represents an almost unique spatial experience in the Navarrese Romanesque.

 

The Legend

 

Legend has it that a hungry and tired pilgrim, before entering Torres del Río ran into a stranger, who by his attire seemed to be rich and who offered him the possibility of being as rich as he was, asked him to give him his body and soul at the moment of his death. The pilgrim replied, "The body belongs to the soul, and this belongs to God, so I cannot give what is not mine.  Then, the stranger who was none other than the devil, pounced against him, but this rosemary, taking a leap, projected his shadow on the attacker who, getting into a fight with her, disappeared and took her away. The pilgrim lost his shadow but saved his soul. 

 

 


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Getting to Torres del Río by car

 

You can get to Torres del Río via the NA-1110, from what used to be the national road between Viana and Los Arcos. You can also get to it via the NA-6310, which joins it to the Motorway of the Way, A-12,  or via the NA-7200 from nearby Espronceda.

 

By bus

 

Torres del Río has a bus stop that covers the Logroño-Pamplona/Iruña line.

 

 

 


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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Moderate

6:55 h.27.4 km.

Stage 06 Los Arcos-Logroño
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category. Level 1. More demanding stages, either because they are longer, with a greater unevenness or present a specific difficulty.
MOUNTAIN CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Moderate

3:00 h.7.6 km.

Joar and the Plana from the Sanctuary of Codés
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, more steep or have a specific difficulty.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Remarkable

8:20 h.35.1 km.

Stage 05 Cirauqui-Zirauki-Los Arcos
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TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Low

10:00 h.501 km.

Route of the Monasteries and Sanctuaries of Navarra
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Village of La Hoya
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Traveling to pre-Roman protohistory

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Natural Park of Urbasa and Andía
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Between the mountains and the Middle Zone of Navarre

Dolmen of Sorginetxe and Dolmen of Aizkomendi
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Las Gobas Archaeological Site
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