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Close your eyes and open your imagination. A visit to Ignatian Land is a journey to the past. Discover the different ways in which man over the course of history has used the elements of nature for shelter, learning, meditating or working. It is the story of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and of spectacular churches. It is the land of iron, stone and fire, the landscape that helped shape Oteiza and Chillida, and the setting for the history of humanity since prehistoric times.
of the most celebrated churches in Spain can be found in only 20 square kilometres. Ignatian Land is a paradise for people looking for destinations steeped in spirituality, history and religion. In addition to historical landmarks and the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, the Route of the Three Temples features architectural masterpieces as well as some of the most representative examples of contemporary Basque art.
Ignatian Way is a pilgrimage route that retraces the journey made by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1522 from his home in Loiola (Azpeitia) to the city of Manresa. Ignatius’ journey would eventually take him all the way to Jerusalem. Today hundreds of people walk the Ignatian Way each year, whether for religious purposes or simply for the pleasure of experiencing the cultural landscape of a pilgrimage. Each stage is well defined, passing though a number of sites of historical and artistic significance, including the Sanctuary of Loyola, the Hermitage of Zumarraga and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu. This route is an excellent way to discover the steps of a man who changed the course of history.
you like history, you'll enjoy hearing the countless stories that capture the imagination in this part of the region: prehistoric underground sanctuaries; a museum that tells the story of two scientists in Bergara who discovered wolfram and became prominent members of the European scientific community; the first Basque University, an architectural gem declared a National Historic and Artistic Monument; and a 16th century farmhouse and cider press, showing how people once lived and worked. This is a land of great minds, great works and great people who contributed to history.
and Chillida – or how to make magic and turn the earth's natural and historical elements into art. These two internationally acclaimed artists from Gipuzkoa were poets of iron and stone, masters of sculpture, philosophers of the artistic process, and the finest exponents of combining art and industry. Iron and concrete were the main elements used by these two universal figures in a region where industry and machine tooling have been the economic bedrock for centuries.
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