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Pamplona (Spanish: [pamˈplona]; Basque: Iruña [iɾuɲa] or Iruñea [iɾuɲe.a][lower-alpha 1]), historically also known as Pampeluna in English, is the capital city of the Chartered Community of Navarre, in Spain.

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Pamplona / Iruña
Pamplona City Hall
Fueros monument
Plaza del Castillo
Flag of Pamplona
Coat of arms of Pamplona
Location of Pamplona
Coordinates: 42°49′N 1°39′W
Autonomous CommunityNavarre
ComarcaCuenca de Pamplona
Founded74 BC
  MayorEnrique Maya (Navarra Suma)
  Municipality25.14 km2 (9.71 sq mi)
Elevation450 m (1,480 ft)
  Density8,300/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
 population-ranking: 29th (municipality); 23rd (metro area)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Patron saint

Lying at near 450 m (1,480 ft) above sea level,[4] the city (and the wider Cuenca de Pamplona) is located on the flood plain of the Arga river,[5] a second-order tributary of the Ebro. Precipitation-wise, it is located in a transitional location between the rainy Atlantic northern façade of the Iberian Peninsula and its drier inland. Early population in the settlement traces back to the late Bronze to early Iron Age,[6] even if the traditional inception date refers to the foundation of Pompaelo by Pompey during the Sertorian Wars circa 75 BC.[7] During Visigothic rule Pamplona became an episcopal see, serving as a staging ground for the Christianization of the area.[8] It later became one of the capitals of the Kingdom of Pamplona/Navarre.

The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to July 14. This festival was brought to literary renown with the 1926 publication of Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises. It is also home to Osasuna, the only Navarrese football club to have ever played in the Spanish top division.