Royal Palace of Olite

Plaza de Carlos III el Noble, s/n

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Cultural Visit

The Royal Palace of Olite is one of the most important historical-artistic complexes of Navarre. Currently, it is divided into three parts: Old Palace (current Parador), ruins of the Chapel of San Jorge, and New Palace, which is the visitable part of the monument.

The building that is visited today was built between 1402 and 1424, and comprises a complex set of rooms, gardens and pits surrounded by high walls and topped by numerous towers that give a spectacular silhouette. The promoter of this work was Carlos III "el Noble" (King of Navarre between 1387 and 1425).

As its nickname indicates, this good king of the French dynasty (Evreux) is known more for his love for culture and the luxurious life of the palace, than for his military campaigns, and to attest to that he left us this impressive legacy in Palace form, which in its day was one of the most luxurious in Europe.

The decoration has already disappeared but we have the words of a German traveler who visited the palace in the fifteenth century: ... "I am sure there is no King who has a palace or a more beautiful castle, of so many golden rooms ... Vilo then I am well; you could not say or even imagine how magnificent and sumptuous the palace is. "

Carlos III "el Noble" married Leonor de Trastámara in 1375, and together they had eight children, among them Doña Blanca (Queen of Navarra between 1425 and 1441), mother of the Prince of Viana. This family enjoyed the relaxed life of the court of Olite until the s. XVI.

In 1512, with the conquest of Navarre by the Crown of Castile, began the deterioration of our Palace, since it was only used as a sporadic residence of viceroys, governors and hidalgos.

In 1813, during the War of Independence, the Palace was set on fire by General Navarro Espoz y Mina to prevent the French troops from becoming strong in it. All the interior decoration and part of the structure burned, leaving the Palace semi-demolished and empty.

In 1923, the Provincial Council of Navarra called a competition to develop a restoration project. The works began in 1937 and lasted approximately 30 years.

The Palace is formed by a set of courtyards, rooms, pits and gardens, topped by numerous and picturesque towers that can also be accessed.

Schedule

OPENING HOURS 2019

JANUARY

  • From the 1st to the 13th of January, from 9:30 to 17:30.
  • From the 14th to the 31st, from 10:00 to 18:00
  • CLOSED, 1st and 6th of January.

FEBRUARY

  • From Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00

MARCH

  • From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00
  • Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00
  • From the 16th to the 19th of March, from 10:00 to 19:00.

APRIL

  • From Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00.
  • From the 18th to the 22nd of April, from 9:00 to 19:00 (Easter)

MAY & JUNE

  • From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00
  • Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 to 20:00

JULY y AUGUST

  • From Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 20:00

SEPTEMBER

  • From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00
  • Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 to 20:00

OCTOBER

  • From the 1st to the 13th of October, from 10:00 to 19:00
  • From the 14th to the 31st of October, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00. Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00

NOVEMBER

  • From Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00

DECEMBER

  • From Monday to Sunday, from 9:30 to 17:30.
  • 24th and 31st, from 10:00 to 14:00.
  • CLOSED:  25th of December.

Location

Address:

Carlos III the Noble Square, nn

How to get there:
  • It is in a good geographical location, with a wide and varied communications network.
  • The national highway 121 (Tarazona-France) crosses the term from north to south and the district 115 (Soria-Tafalla) crosses it from north to southwest.
  • From the town center, there are local roads to Beire, San Martin de Unx and a link to the county line 115. The Navarra A-15 highway runs from north to south of the border with an access to 3 kilometers from the town.
  • The railroad crosses the term in north-south direction, and in the vicinity of the city is the station.
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