ROUTE OF THE THREE TEMPLES TOUR
We will embark on a cultural tour of the countryside of Gipuzkoa, following the route of the three most important temples in all of the Basque Country. Our first destination will be into the Land of Saint Ignatius to the Sanctuary of Loyola. Here, we will visit the Tower House where Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1914 and the Basilica of Loyola, which was raised in his honor in the VXII century by a disciple of Bernini, hence the building’s resemblance to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
We will continue our tour with the Chapel of Our Lady of La Antigua, considered The Cathedral of Basque hermitages. Because it was erected over a fort from the XII century, this shrine of Basque Romanesque style has a very austere exterior. An oak wooden deck, a robust beam framework, and the Gothic carving of the Virgin Mary, however, embellish the interior of the Chapel.
The last stop of our tour will be the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, a perfect example of contemporary sacred art. Three of the most important and internationally renowned Basque artists participated in the construction of this temple. Exhibited on the main façade, the 14 apostles by the sculptor Jorge Oteiza takes the lead role, but the artworks of Nestor Basterretxea and Eduardo Chillida can also be admired from the inside of the Sanctuary. Located in an exceptional natural environment such as the Aizkorri Aratz Natural Park, the Sanctuary of Arantzazu is a reference for architecture and religious art.
7 hours, approximately
170 Euro per person
Admission to the Basilica of Loyola
Transportation to and from your accommodation
Tour departs from San Sebastian
Starts and finishes at your accommodation