San Cernin Church
The San Cernin Church is named after the Pamplona’s co-patron saint, which comes from the translation into French of San Saturnino. It was built in the 13th century on the same site where another Romanesque temple previously stood. Like the San Nicolás Church, it served as a fortress, and this is visible in the two towers which battlements were replaced by capitals in the 18th century.
The Baroque Virgen del Camino Chapel also dates from the 18th century and is located where the cloister was originally housed. The 16th century portico is enclosed by an arched vault that contains effigies of San Saturnino and Santiago.
The so-called “gallico” is remarkable; this is a weather vane with the form of a cock located at the top of church’s main tower –also south or clock tower-, which became one of the most popular emblems of the city.
Opposite to the church and on the ground, there is a plaque commemorating the small well, called the Pocico de San Cernin, which water was used by San Saturnino to baptize the first Christians in Pamplona, according to tradition.