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The Monumento a los Fueros de Navarra seems like it might be rather unimportant, but, in fact, not only is the monument itself impressive, but the history behind it is also quite interesting. The Fueros (foroak in Basque) were a set of traditional codified laws according to which Basque and Navarrese leaders had ruled their peoples since the organization of political entities in the region. After the incorporation of Navarra and the Basque Country into the Spanish Crown, the Spanish monarchs ? including the Catholic Kings ? made a point of swearing to respect the Fueros and allow them to be applied to the Basque people and Navarra. As such, these laws were the bane of members of the royal families and the political classes who dreamed of a highly centralized state in which Spanish, and particularly Castilian law reigned supreme. During the Carlist Wars, the Navarrese and the Basque siding with the losing parties, who promised to respect the Fueros, and as a result they were banished after the end of the Wars. On 4 June 1893, a crowd of 17000 gathered at the end of the Paseo de Sarasate near the Diputación de Navarra to call for the return of the Fueros. It was an unauthorized demonstration that galvanized Basque and Navarrese opinion and the struggle for the recognition of their rights. To commemorate this, the Monumento a los Fueros was erected in 1903. It stands 25 metres tall and has several inscriptions at its base that recall the historic rights of the Crowns of Navarre and Castille, as well as Basque inscriptions reminded the Basques of their duty to retain their culture for their children. The middle part has statues representing the virtues and an engraving of the shield of Navarre, while the monument is crowned by a bronze statue of a woman holding the Fueros high. It is noteworthy that, with the restitution of democracy in 1977, Navarre?s name official became the Foral Community of Navarre.

Address: Paseo de Sarasate
Directions: Near the Diputación de Navarra

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  • Written Jan 7, 2009
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