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Islallana.Peña Bajenza

Islallana.Peña Bajenza

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Peña Bajenza (also known as "Gate of La Rioja", "Mountains of Islallana" or "Rocks of Viguera") is a large rock formation situated just above the village of Islallana, part of the municipality of Nalda. The 400 metre high red coloured rocks sculpted by erosion are part of the Peñas de Viguera and one of the most well-known landmarks of the region.
The formation has several hiking and climbing trails and is home to colonies of Griffon Vultures and other wild birds such the Egyptian Vulture in summer. Two big crosses stand at the mountain. The first one can be found just in the beginning of the route (475 meters above the sea level). The second one (which is the most famous one)stands at the summit of the highest rock (941 metres above sea level). Each year on May 3rd, it becomes the destination of a pilgrimage known as the Romería de la Cruz.. According to local legend, the cross commenorates a monk who killed himself by jumping from the top of the rock formation

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Martin Wenzel03-Feb-2013 13:38
Nicely done!
Michael Tauber29-Jan-2013 19:03
lucanton29-Jan-2013 16:45
Surprenant ces énormes rochers ...V
Christy VB29-Jan-2013 16:35
Beautiful! This actually reminds me so much of some country near here at the Chiricahua National Monument.
ac29-Jan-2013 16:21
I can imagine John Wayne and his horse in this region.
Richard Glenn29-Jan-2013 15:19
Beautiful composition Jose, it reminds me so much
of the red rock formations in Sedona, Arizona, in the States. V
Hank Vander Velde29-Jan-2013 14:27
BEAUTIFUL Jose. Terrific light and good compo.
Vickie BROWN29-Jan-2013 14:19
Spectacularly natural formation, very impressive scene. V
meekam tam29-Jan-2013 13:22
Beautiful and breathtaking view,Jose! V
Jim Coffman29-Jan-2013 13:21
A very beautiful place!
Carol Rollins29-Jan-2013 12:51
Beautiful scene with lovely light on this formation. Thanks for the info too.
Mike H.29-Jan-2013 12:35
Impressive view, well composed with interesting facts.
Enjoy the views through your lens, José !
Tom LeRoy29-Jan-2013 11:41
Amazing rock formation. Great info! V
Irene Wehrli29-Jan-2013 10:47
Impressive rock indeed, beautiful in the sunlight!
Yvonne29-Jan-2013 06:35
They certainly are eye catching, is there an easy track to the top Jose? v
Colin Dixon29-Jan-2013 06:30
Nice light , nice comp :)
Gérard Koehl29-Jan-2013 05:39
Ces falaises sont très belles. V
Bryan Murahashi29-Jan-2013 05:38
Nice light on these dramatic cliffs. V
Jin Wu29-Jan-2013 04:28
Nie rock!
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