We visited the small town of Azpeitia in the industrial heart of Guipuzcoa. Known as the birthplace of San Ignatius of Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who played an important role in the settlement of the Americas.

A massive Baroque-style religious complet has been built in Loyola close on the site where San Ignatius was born. In fact, his native home has been completely integrated to the building. The santuary’s contruction started in the 18th century just to be completed in 1888. The construction was stalled in part by the fact that Charles III expulsed the Jesuits from Spain. The building is surrounded by large gardens on a background of majestic countryside hills filled by sheep and a few caserios (traditional Basque house). Nowdays it remains one of the main destinations for devote Catholics in the Basque Country.

Learn more in the film THE BASQUE COUNTRY: A NATION WITHOUT BORDERS.