Day 8 - Sanguesa to Eunate and Puente La Reina

The roofs of Sanguesa

The San Blas stone marks the crossing of two Caminos











The hamlet of Yarnoz

which one leaves on a fine road as far as the cemetery!



There are hills always on your left

and a great plain (currently with motorways under construction) on your right



Otano



Esperun

















Guerendiain - a very well-tended villege













The castle at Tiebas







which also has a very good cafe

Disruption due to roadworks

The tunnel under the motorway

Back on a good track again

Muruarte de Reta

Distant view of Olcoz











First view of Eneriz



Main street of Eneriz

A fitting sign for my last day on the Camino Arangones

Santa Maria de Eunate - "the jewel of the Camino". This unusual octagonal Romanesque church stands in the middle of cornfields, between Enériz and Puente la Reina. It is surrounded by a free-standing colonnade.

Its origins are obscure - some believe that it was a church of the Knights Templar, and that the octagonal design came from the East, being based on the Templar church of the holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Whatever its origins, it is a place of great calm - one of the places where one feels a great sense of unity with all those pilgrims who have gone before.





The main portal with richly decorated carving

The cloister with its slim double pillars



Patterns on the cobbles

Santa Maria de Eunate

The windows of translucent stone

Interior looking towards the altar

The eight-angled pyramidal roof