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Nájera is a municipality in the autonomous region of La Rioja, through which the River Najerilla flows.
-Location: It is part of the district of Nájera. It is on the banks of the River Najerilla, which crosses the area, and at the foot of the Malpica Crag.
-Area: 39.87 km2.
-Height: 485 metres.
-Economy: The region's economic activity centres on the town of Nájera. It is an industrial city producing furniture, but there is also some farming. Nájera is the valley's industrial centre and the focus for many of the tertiary sector's businesses. There are many businesses, health centres, banks, sports centres and bars and restaurants.
Santa María la Real Monastery, royal foundation created by the king Don García de Nájera in honour of the Virgin of Santa María, that according to the legend won a victory over the Arabs in Calahorra owing to her intervention. It has a magnificent Cloister of the Knights from the 16th century, where Gothic, Plateresque and Renaissance styles are combined. In the kings’ mausoleum rest the remains of Blanca de Navarra, the Dukes of Nájera and Diego López de Haro. The church is Gothic and built over the remains of the old Romanesque temple. It has three naves, transept y a tower at the base. In the central nave there is a Late Gothic choir with magnificent stalls. At the end of the central nave is the cave of Santa María La Real, dug in the rock, where according to the legend the king García de Nájera found the image of the Virgin. The monastery was used during the 19th century as an infantry station, theatre, Public works deposit and warehouse, until it was declared National Monument in 1889. Santa Cruz Monastery and Parish. Even though it dates 1054, the current temple was established in 1611. It is built in dressed stone and it has three naves and nine altars. It hosts the relics of San Prudencio, among other saints, and paintings from Santa María La Real. Remains of La Mota Castle-fortress. It was destroyed during the Comuneros conflicts in the 16th century. The Santa Elena Convent was founded in mid-16th century. It has a Latin cross floor plan with a single nave covered by a dome. 17th century Santo Hospital del Refugio. Historic city centre. Promenade. Riverbanks of the Najerilla River. Barranco del Inglés, Camino de las Huertas. Peña Malpica and La Salera Promenade. Market on Thursdays.
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