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St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Birthplace

The heart of the Sanctuary of Loyola is the Tower of Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius. It is a noble building of the XIV-XV centuries divided into a lower part of stone, which evokes its past as a fortress, and an upper part of brick. It consists of 4 floors, and the itinerary of the visit is also an itinerary through the life and conversion process of Ignatius of Loyola.

Iñigo de Loyola was born for the first time in this house in 1491 and for the second time in 1522, when he decided to leave this place to become a pilgrim and live in Jerusalem, following Jesus Christ and the example of the apostles. All his childhood and adolescence he lived within these walls of the Tower House, sharing with his family and servants. Here he forged his personality and values linked to the medieval nobility of his family. He left here in 1522 thinking he would never return. Today, this place is also the beginning of the Ignatian Way, which follows his Autobiography through the lands of Spain.

  • Address
    Loiola Auzoa Gunea 16, Loiola, Gipuzkoa
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  • Visiting Hours
    Winter time from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00. Summer time from 10:00 to 19:00
  • What to see

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