Una puerta digital abierta al patrimonio
The first historical news that we have of Subijana de Álava dates from the early 11th century, when it was referred to as “Subillana”. Not far from there, also in Álava, there is another town known as Subijana-Morillas. This is why in recent times Subijana earned the nickname “de Álava” so that they could be distinguished. This enclave has suffered intense war periods over its history that have affected its heritage, which was despoiled during the first Carlist Wars. It was also one of the scenes of the well-known Battle of Vitoria, the last crash of the allies with the Napoleonic troops on their escape to France after losing the Peninsular War. This is the reason why in the vicinity there are still archaeological remains related to this war that took place on the 21st of June of 1813.
Church of Saint Stephen
The constructive history of the church of Saint Stephen begins in the 16th century, when the walls and the current gate were built. It is crafted on a simple way, with an irregular cross of Saint James carved on the right side. The separate bell gable that we see on the outer square belongs to this same period, and also an architectural vestige on the north wall: a Late Gothic arch that could be the access to an old funeral chapel, now dismantled.
De las fotografías actuales: © Alava Medieval / Erdi Aroko Araba
De las fotografías antiguas: Archivo del Territorio Histórico de Álava.