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  Plaza del Castillo
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  • Plaza del Castillo - Pamplona
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The Plaza del Castillo fulfills the ?Plaza Mayor? function in Pamplona. That is, it is a huge square in the centre of the city where you will find huge cafés, the Teatro Principal and the seat of the Diputación. Although this square has taken on the name of Plaza de la Constitución at times, Plaza del Castillo was its original and longest-standing name. The reason for the name is that, when the city?s defensive walls were erected in the Middle Ages, it was determined that there were too many castles inside the walls and that, with the construction of the citadel, those fortified buildings inside the walls should be taken down. This square was created in 1513, when Fernando the Catholic ordered the removal of the castle, and it was completed in 1600. Over the years, the Plaza del Castillo has had numerous renovations, which is why there is a mish-mash of Baroque and neo-Classical styles. Obviously, those buildings erected in the 19th century and early 20th century were more likely to be done in neo-Classical style, such as the Palacio de la Diputación and the Teatro. The music kiosk in the centre of the square was only erected in the 1940s, but it is as much a cherished component as any other structure. Some of the cafés along the sides of the Plaza are quite famous; Café Iruńa especially. Make sure to have coffee in at least one of these before you leave, and you too will be able to pretend that you?re a character in The Sun Also Rises (although, hopeful your visit won?t drag on like the book).

Address: Plazadel Castillo
Directions: In the centre of the city

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  • Written Jan 7, 2009
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