Spain Student Blogs: Pamplona’s Gothic Cathedral

by Theresa Burg

This is part of a series of student-written blog posts about study abroad. Students who participated in our faculty-led summer study abroad program in Spain with Dr. Bender – Spain Today: Madrid, Pamplona y el Norte – wrote a blog post as part of their essay assignments for Spanish 565: Cultures of Spain. We’ll be sharing them here every Wednesday morning, so stay tuned to see the variety of topics they chose to write about. And if you’re interested in earning 6 Spanish credits for your major or minor by studying in Spain this summer, check out the information here or contact Dr. Bender with questions.

Hello, my name is Theresa Burg, and I am majoring in Kinesiology & Nursing. I finished my Spanish Minor with the K-State study abroad program this past summer in Pamplona, Spain. I have always wanted to visit Spain to learn about the history of the “Catholic Kings”: how religion impacts culture and the architectural style of cathedrals, specifically the cathedral of Pamplona.

The Royal Holy Mary Cathedral in Pamplona was originally built in the first century BC and was destroyed in a war against the Moors in the medieval ages. Reconstructed in the Romanesque style in the early 1100s, it was then destroyed by an earthquake in 1391, and finally rebuilt the way you see it today in the Gothic style that trended in 1250. The characteristics of Gothic Cathedrals include buttresses, long pointed arches, and ribbed vaults. This cathedral has one of the best maintained cloisters in Europe which used to contain the crypts of nobility of Navarra. Though the building changed many times in the past, it is full of unforgettable art and history.

Theresa Burg (’23), Spanish minor, in the bell tower of Pamplona’s main cathedral

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