San Salvador Monastery –founded in 1011 by the count of Castile D Sancho García- is the gem of Oña. In terms of architecture, its oldest elements -the west façade and the chapter house- are Romanesque, from 11th and 12th-centuries. Once inside, the main chapel is impressive. Its Gothic-Mudejar vaults of royalty and nobility are unique within European Medieval funeral art. The tombs were constructed in 15th-century of walnut and boxwood and belong to Castilian counts and countesses, kings and queens of Castile and Pamplona and Castilian princes. The walnut Gothic choir stalls and St Iñigo’s Baroque chapel are also remarkable. All these pieces are under a spectacular eight-point star-shaped vault built by Juan de Colonia.
The sacristy is a museum which exhibits several Baroque altarpieces, gold and silverware items, and two Medieval shrouds from 10th and 12th-centuries.
The beautiful Flamboyant cloister, by Simón de Colonia, is the family vault of the counts of Bureba.
Oña’s town center, declared officially a Historic-Artistic site, has a real Medieval flavour. There are only a few sections left of the former medieval wall, together with the Estrella arch the only remaining entrance, and one of the oldest. Another interesting monument is the parish of San Juan, whose Gothic tower hosts the Resin Museum. The old Jewish quarter is located in Barruso St.
In August El Cronicón de Oña –a theatrical representation which commemorates the origin of Castile and the creation of Oña’s Monastery- takes place, providing a palpable sense of atmosphere of the Medieval times.
Oña is located within the Natural Reserve Montes Obarenes-San Zadornil, and one of its Interpretation Centers is located inside the old Benedictine San Salvador Monastery. Here you can contemplate the old Benedictine gardens and/or enjoy the short path which goes along the monastery’s orchard.
As for its trekking routes, Oña has a local trail that goes into the Oca’s river ravine, two other short routes and a 43 km one which is more difficult and connects Poza de la Sal, Oña and Frías.
Oña, together with Frías and Poza de la Sal, is part of the “Raices de Castilla” touristic route. It is interesting to visit the castles of Frías and Poza de la Sal and both the Medieval Interpretation Center and the Saltmines Interpretation Center, to understand the defensive, economic and religious importance of these three places in old Castile. Castles, walls, churches, monasteries and saltmines are part of a great Medieval legacy. But the natural setting offers an attractive alternative to visitors too, e.g. a walk along the banks of Molinar river in Tobera, the river Oca trail in Oña, or an educational path in the Saltmines of Poza de la Sal.
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