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Visit the Sanctuary of Loyola

A guided tour to learn about the history of one of the most notable Basques in history.

This imposing architectural complex is best known as the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Visit the Sanctuary of Loyola in Gipuzkoa and immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of this emblem of Basque Baroque architecture. Learn about the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, exploring his birthplace, which has been converted into a museum full of sacred art and relics. Marvel at the imposing Basilica, a treasure of Baroque art, and participate in retreats at the Spirituality Centre for an introspective experience.

During your visit, you can stroll through the sanctuary’s gardens and find a space for personal reflection. You will also be able to walk the route of the 3 Temples, also known in some contexts as the Ignatian Way.

The Route of the 3 Temples is a religious and cultural itinerary that links three significant centres of spirituality: the Sanctuary of Arantzazu in Oñati, the Sanctuary of Loyola in Azpeitia, and the Basilica of Santa María la Real de la Antigua in Zumarraga. The route is not only a path of faith, but also an exploration of Basque art, history and natural landscapes.

Whether you seek spiritual enrichment or historical and cultural appreciation, the Sanctuary of Loyola offers a unique experience, combining art, history and spirituality in a stunning natural environment.

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