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Constable's Palace

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Constable's Palace - Fachada palacio
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Constable's Palace - Patio interior
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Constable's Palace
Constable's Palace


Fachada palacio
This historical building, located at the junction of Mayor and Jarauta Streets, is the only example of 16th-century civil architecture in Pamplona. To learn of the origins of the palace it is necessary to go back to 1548, the year in which Luis de Beaumont, 'Condestable (constable) of Navarre', bought 4 adjacent houses to extend his own, on the corner of Mayor Street. The title of Constable of Navarre originated in the first third of the 15th century and was used to designate nobles who were charged with carrying the royal standard.

Throughout its history, the building has served the city as the seat of the bishop and even as the city hall. In the 21st century, following extensive restoration work, the palace opens its doors again, this time at the service of the people of Pamplona as a civic centre, adding to the list of assets of cultural interest in Navarre. The form has restored the building's original appearance, recovering elements such as its fanciful corner.

The building follows the design of Renaissance palaces. Access from Mayor Street is through an entrance hall, giving onto a courtyard with the main staircase on one side. The rooms are located around this central space. The building is completed with a garden at the back where the stables used to be located.

Ground floor
The courtyard is flanked by 14 octagonal columns, 8 of them the original ones. It contains a well that was discovered during an archaeological dig. The oldest room is over 6 metres high and has three large pointed arches.

First floor
This is the 'noble' floor and houses three large halls with ceilings whose hand-cut wooden ceilings maintain part of the original colours. Over four centuries the walls were decorated to the taste of the tenants, and a walk through the halls shows quite a few details of days gone by. This floor is also home to the exhibition on the genial violinist from Pamplona Pablo Sarasate. The halls on this floor are also the venue for temporary exhibitions of a wide range of themes.

Second floor
For almost two centuries this floor was occupied by the servants of the palace, and much of the graffiti they left on the walls can be seen; anonymous pencil drawings on a wide range of subjects. The floor now contains the skylight that gives natural light to the whole building. Of particular note is the restoration of the gallery of pointed arches on the façade of the building that gives onto Mayor Street.

Did you know that...?

La primera planta del edificio acoge una exposición monográfica con objetos relacionados con la vida y obra de Pablo Sarasate, el músico más célebre de todos los tiempos que ha dado Pamplona.


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Practical information

  • Locality PAMPLONA ( 31001 )
  • Zone The Pamplona Basin
  • Address Calle Mayor 2
  • Interesting links
  • Tel. 948224249
  • Style Renaissance
  • Protected work or place Bien de Interés Cultural