The City of Logroño

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The Symposium takes place at the RiojaForum in Logroño.
 
Logroño is a city in northern Spain, on the River Ebro. It is the capital of the autonomous community of La Rioja.
 
Logroño is an ancient port city that was originally settled by the Romans under the name of Vareia. It was then under the control of the Celts before possession was disputed between the kings of Navarre and the kings of Castile.  The region was finally annexed to Castile, and in 1095 Alfonso VI of Castile granted Logroño a charter of rights that served as a model for other Spanish cities.
 
Logroño is the shopping and financial capital of La Rioja, and is famous for its taperías (tapas restaurants), which are reputed to serve the best best pinchos and tapas in northern Spain.
 
The historic centre has significant cultural sites, such as the Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda (15th-18th centuries).  It is also home to la Museo de la Rioja (the Rioja Museum).
 
The famous Camino de Santiago passes through the city.  The 12th century Codex Calixtinus, the first guide to the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela, mentions Logroño. Many centuries of pilgrims have contributed to the city's situation as a cultural crossroads.