Sanctuary of Loyola

Azpeitia, Spain

The Sanctuary of Loyola consists of a series of edifices built in Churrigueresque Baroque style around the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

Ignatius of Loyola, whose real name was Iñigo López de Loyola, was the son of the Lord of Loyola, Beltrán Ibáñez de Oñaz and Marina Sánchez de Licona, member of an important Biscayan family. He was born in 1491 in his family house in Loyola.

After he died his birthplace became a place of veneration. In the seventeenth century the house where he was born was given to the Society of Jesus. The Order built there, near the birthplace of its founder, the Sanctuary of Loyola.

In 1900 the Society commissioned an altar for the sanctuary, employing metalwork artist Plácido Zuloaga, who had won international success creating intricate artworks by damascening, a technique which inlays gold and silver into iron. Zuloaga's iron structure houses panels depicting the life of St. Ignatius, and supports a damascened crucifix and candlesticks from the workshop of José Felipe Artamendi.



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Founded: 1889
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Andy Gustafson (7 months ago)
Gorgeous Church in fantastic museum. Lovely surrounding gardens as well.
Bernd Henne (2 years ago)
beautiful village in a wunderful landscape with the basilica of Ignacio de Liyola.
Noyel Melvin Serrao SJ (2 years ago)
The Sanctuary of Loyola: a place of worship in the Urola Valley In the Basque Country, there are two especially important places that stand out, not only for their religious importance but also for their artistic importance: The Sanctuary of Arantzazu and the Sanctuary of Loyola. The Jesuits established a place of veneration along the Urola River, in the town of Azpeitia where their founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, was born.
Phone Yuval (2 years ago)
Beautiful place, exquisite carvings and artwork, but what a waste instead of this building, they could have fed, clothes and educated the people to improve their lives rather than venerate a myth
Ana (2 years ago)
Beautiful place to pray, to walk and visit. It was peaceful. And the town of Azkoitia near it is amazing... Take some time to visit and walk around the river
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