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La Antigua Hermitage

The Hermitage of La Antigua in Zumarraga, a key member of the Route of the Three Temples along with Loyola and Arantzazu, stands as an outstanding example of Basque Romanesque architecture. It is considered the “Cathedral of the Hermitages” for the remarkable beauty of its interior built in stone and wood. Documented since 1366, the hermitage was the first parish of Zumarraga until 1576, when it ceded its position to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption. The temple, of unique structure with a nave divided by cylindrical pillars, houses an outstanding Gothic carving of the Virgin, patron saint of Zumarraga.

The Ermita de La Antigua is a spiritual symbol rooted in the history of Zumarraga, fusing Romanesque architecture with medieval ornamental elements. Its spiritual importance is reflected in the religious festivities and associated traditions, such as the pilgrimage and the Dance of Swords. A local legend states that the temple was built thanks to the “gentiles”, pagan giants from Basque mythology. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who prayed and took communion there during his pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1522. Declared a National Artistic Monument in 1965 and a Basque Historical-Artistic Monument since 1984, the hermitage stands out for its sober architecture and rich history that establishes it as a spiritual reference in the region.

  • Address
    Beloki Hiribidea, Zumarraga, Euskadi
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    From Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:30. Monday closed
  • What to see
    Romanesque chapel

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