Updated: Oct 11, 2018
Take a virtual tour into the past and present of the holy sanctuary of St. Ignatius De Loyola. Visit his home and take a glimpse on how he became a saint. Welcome to Loiola.
For one to be holy, one should read and follow the example and teaching of Christ. For one to have a holy time here on earth, one must see where the Holy lived and walked.
There are a lot of destination where you can find yourself in the midst of the sacred things the world has to offer. But few can give you the blessing of the blessed and the beauty of the natural world altogether.
Loiola, a town in the Urola valley is the birthplace of Iñigo de Loyola or more popularly known as St. Ignatius de Loyola, is home of the sacred church sanctuary named after the saint. This place is where the intricacy of Baroque architecture meets the wondrous work of the hand of God through the natural wonders of the Basque wilderness.
In this complex is where you’ll see and witness how a convicted murderer and a prisoner of war turned to God and became one of the Church’s holy saints. His Spiritual exercises has been well known in the catholic world and this has become a standard for the Jesuits, a holy order that St. Ignatius founded.
As you reflect inside the sanctuary, you’ll come across the “Casa Natal” or the house where St. Ignatius was born. This 13th century castle is a blast from the past with it’s medieval design and as well as battlements know as bombards. The house will give you the notion of how a privileged son of the Loyola family live his life. Showcasing two meters thick walls, the fortress is as impregnable as it is majestic.
In the early life of St. Ignatius de Loyola, he was imprisoned inside their castle and this is where he found a life with Christ as he read about the life of the Son of God and the other Saints that followed him. As a homage for his holiness, in the middle of the shrine is the Basilica. This is where you’ll find the devotion for the saint and the many readings that Jesuits are known for inside the grand structure. The churrigueresque baroque style church features a dome and a wide portico.
Travelers are also enamored by the silver statue of Saint Ignatius. This representation was a generous donation of the Real Compañia Guipuzcoana de Caracas. Incidentally, this shipping company holds a key position in the history of the Spaniard province of Gipuzkoa.
For the traveler and the wanderer looking for a place to reflect and be in awe of the story of a man of God and as well as be mesmerized by the wonders of nature, Loiola in the Basque region is the place for you.
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