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Loyola Sanctuary

The Sanctuary of Loyola, located in Guipúzcoa, Spain, constitutes an extensive architectural complex around the birthplace of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. In an extension of more than 40,000 m² built and 10,000 m² of land, the baroque basilica crowned by an imposing dome, flanked by buildings of 75 meters in length each, stands out. Built predominantly of limestone from Mount Izarraitz, the sanctuary has a design conceived as the Royal College of Loyola. The interior of the basilica, circular in plan, exhibits a rich Churrigueresque ornamentation in marble, highlighting the representation of the virtues on the balcony of the dome.

In addition to the imposing architecture, the sanctuary houses imperial staircases, an ante-refectory and a refectory decorated with artistic refinement, including a representation of the Last Supper in the latter. The dome, 20 meters in diameter and 50 meters high, is a distinctive element, and its complex structure has required restoration and reinforcement. The main altar, in the Churrigueresque style, exhibits outstanding marble inlay work and houses the silver statue of St. Ignatius. The sanctuary’s private gardens, with a history dating back to 1948, have been transformed into a lush natural setting, complementing the spiritual experience of the site.

  • Address
    Loiola Auzoa 16, Azpeitia (Gipuzkoa, Spain)
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Everyday from 10:00 to 19:00 (in winter it may be closed from 13.00 to 15:00)
  • What to see
    Birthplace of St Ignatius, Gardens, Grand Staircase, Basilica


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