Monument to John Paul II

This classical-style figurative bronze statute stands three metres high and weighs 975 kilos. It is located on the roundabout between Monte Monjardin and the Juan Pablo II Avenue, next to the "Club de Tenis" sports centre, a site chosen by the council of Pamplona, within the framework of its cultural collaboration with the city of Torun. A bronze sculpture promoted by the Archbishop of Pamplona in honour of Pope John Paul II, who passed away in the Vatican on the 2nd April 2005. He was the first pontiff to visit Navarra, on the 6th November 1982. The initiative originated from the Polish City of Torun, which has a joint candidacy with Pamplona for the European Capital of Culture in 2016, resulting in closer relations and a series of cultural exchange schemes between both city councils. It was the City Council of Torun who requested the Pamplona City Council to provide a site in Pamplona for the location of a sculpture similar to the one already held by this Polish city, in homage to this Polish-born Pope, a request which received the support of he archbishoprics of Pamplona and Torun. The author of this sculpture is Polish artist Stanislaw Radwanski, a former teacher at the Fine Arts academy of Gdansk, Poland, and who made the original model for the statue located in Torun. This artist assigned the copyright in order to make the replica in Pamplona, whilst the City Council of Pamplona provided the public site. Following a debate between the various municipal groups, the proposal finally went ahead thanks to the votes of the UPN and PP parties. The cost of the sculpture was paid for by the diocese, which is to cover the expense with donations from the faithful. The Inauguration Ceremony was held on the 17th October 2010 and was attended by 300 people, with the presence of the Archbishop of Pamplona and the Bishop of Tudela, Francisco Pérez, and the Archbishop of Torun, Andrzej Suski, who all blessed the statue. The event commenced in the main chapel of the Seminary of Pamplona, at twelve noon, where the archbishop celebrated holy mass. Following this, everyone present went from the seminary to the Monte Monjardin roundabout for the unveiling of the statue. The official inauguration took place with speeches by Archbishop Francisco Pérez; the Mayoress of Pamplona, Yolanda Barcina; the Deputy Mayor of Torun, Zbigniew Fiderewicz; the Bishop of Torun, Andrzej Suski; and Stanislaw Radwanski, the author of the statue. The music for the event was provided by the Portamus Gaudium choir, coming from the Polish city of Torun specifically for the occasion, and the orchestra from the Pablo Sarasate conservatory of music in Pamplona.

Pamplona"s Council