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Villa de Laguardia

Laguardia is a village located in the south of the province of Álava, in the center of the Rioja Alavesa wine region. It is built upon a hill and surrounded by a wall that Sancho el Fuerte de Navarra ordered built in the 13th century. The five doors that allow access to the interior of this medieval fortress are still conserved. 

Laguardia retains its medieval framework so that in its streets you can find palatial house that still preserve their original coat of arms. In addition, one of the most charming aspects of this village is that as it was built on a hill, its subterranean level is made up of a complex network of excavated cellars.


Church of Santa María de los Reyes

In the northern part of the town of Laguardia is the church of Santa María de los Reyes. We can distinguish two periods of construction: one in the 12th century, to which the lower two sections belong, and another from the Renaissance, which comprises of the first section and the narthex. On the interior, the great altar was constructed in the 17th century. 

Part of this historic monument is the Portico, also dedicated to Santa María de los Reyes. The construction was carved into the stone at the end of the 14th century, although the polichromy corresponds to the 17th century. The arch that covers this portico dates to the 16th century, so its worth highlighting the optimal state of both the size and polichromy, making this portico a very special work.


Church of San Juan Bautista

In the southern part of the town of Laguardia is the Church of San Juan Bautista, built as a temple-fortress during the 13th-14th centuries. It was several centuries later, in the 16th century, when several modifications were made; the Pilar Chapel was added and the tower was built so that the temple lost its character as a fortress.

Abbatial Tower

In the northern part of the town lies this bell tower that served as a defense to the walls of the village in the area. Its construction began at the end of the 12th century and ended in the 14th century. From the top of the tower can be seen the five neighboring provinces.

Celtiberian pond

The Pond of La Barbacana dates back 2,100 years, when it was built to dam the waters of a spring that rises 800 meters. It was discovered in 1998 while an archaeological excavation was being carried out in the place it is located.

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