St Ignatius of Loyola was born on one of the routes, another is said to be built thanks to the help of pagan giants; whilst the other one evokes an appearance of the Virgin. Here is a travel through the magic and monumental Gipuzkoa. Three temples, three symbols, each with its own style, personality and legend.
The route starts in Loyola Sanctuary, place of great historical value in which happened the revolutionary change in the life of the founder of the Society of Jesus. The visit is made individually to enjoy all the time necessary in each case. The tower-house where Iñigo de Loyola was born in 1491 is located here and, later on, a baroque sanctuary with a huge dome was built here, following a design by Carlo Fontana, one of Bernini’s disciples.
Few kilometres from this place, in a natural terrace of Mount Beloki, we find the Romanesque hermitage of La Antigua, offering us views over the industrial landscape of Urretxu and Zumarraga. Considered the Cathedral of Basque hermitages. Lunch. Last stop of the route. The legend of the Sanctuary of Arantzazu goes back to the 15th century, when the Virgin, suspended on a hawthorn, appeared to a shepherd. In the middle of the 20th century, this place became an art laboratory in which emerged the avant-garde, controversial and singular site we now know.