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La Puebla de Arganzón, located in the County of Treviño, is one of the best preserved towns in Álava. Founded under the shelter of the castle of Arganzón, Sancho VI of Navarre, the Wise, was the king in charge of granting the fuero to his population in 1191. However, despite its beginnings as a free town, it subsequently became part of the manor of the powerful Velasco family. Its historical centre keeps important vestiges of that past, such as the design of the three original streets of the town, part of the primitive walls or the bridge over the Zadorra river. Outside the south gate of the town, we find a pilgrim hospital dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist, which, after a renovation on the 18th century, is attached to the hermitage of Our Lady of Antigua. In addition, the streets still maintain colourful civil and palatial buildings that show the power of their former neighbours.
The church of Our Lady of the Assumption
The temple of Our Lady of the Assumption is a magnificent example of Late Gothic religious architecture. It is possible that it had a certain defensive function in case it was necessary, as it can be deduced from the towers on the west facade. The bell tower was built on one of them, which was crowned with a high quality baroque spire. On the facade we find an ogee arch with a tympanum in which a fine carving of the Virgin Mary with Child stands out, under a Gothic baldachin surrounded by angels. On the exterior of the arch Saint Peter and Saint Paul flank a coat of arms with crossed keys. Over this facade we can see a gallery with elegant Gothic traceries.
The west facade is not the only one on the church of Our Lady of the Assumption. A new Gothic access opens towards the square, formed by a series of archivolts with plant motifs on the capitals and on the discharging arch, where we see the typical thistle leafs of the Late Gothic decoration. We can see an Annunciation on the wall: the figures of the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary next to a prie-dieu are separated by a vase with madonna lilies, a symbol of the chastity of the Virgin.