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Tower of Santiago Church in Logrono open to the public


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The tower of the Church of Santiago in Logrono is open to the public until October.

At the top of the tower of the church of Santiago el Real a beacon lit every night the stretch of the Camino de Santiago that crosses Logroño. The views from here are privileged and unknown to most. From June to October the City Council, with the collaboration of the Fundación Amigos de Santiago Real, will allow citizens to visit the interior of the tower and see the monument of the sixteenth century. The initiative seeks to discover an inaccessible corner, until now, most of the neighbors, who in groups of 15 people for 45 minutes can enjoy a journey through history. It is not for people with vertigo.
The tours will take place on Fridays at 22.00 hours (night time) and Saturdays at 11:00 hours (daytime). The price is 1 euro, except the dates for the feast of St. Barnabas (9, 11 and 12 June), when visits are free. Reservations can be made in the Office of Tourism Logroño.

The tour, which begins on a spiral staircase that twists in the bowels of the tower is inaccessible to people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Surprise circular structure embedded into the exterior square tower, where a succession of identical steps ascend winding through the wall. It is the only path to achieve the most special places of the church, as the top of the vaults: in this room the visitor walks through the roof of the temple, where the stones are supported with the only force exerted with each other. José Ignacio Díaz, the pastor of the church, recognizes that this space, similar to 'a forest of beams', is one of the most charming corners.
The climb consists of 220 steps, so is not recommended for people with health problems. In the last part of the route the spiral is felt with greater force. The walls have large windows which rest five bells of different sizes. The passage of time has eaten away the silver of these rings which act as "clocks in the city" and marked the rhythms of life. But they are in good condition. On the largest bell is noticeable a Latin text,which is a spell, "recited when the time announced storms, to try to prevent disasters."
When the ladder ends, the upper terrace marks the end of the road. A brick spire was the crowning of the monument from the sixteenth century, "but it was so heavy that it undermined the structure of the church," says the pastor, "so it was withdrawn in 1902."
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