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Title: Azpeitia  
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Language: English
Subject: Ignatius of Loyola, Martín García Óñez de Loyola, Aizkolaritza, Autopista AP-8, Society of Jesus
Collection: Municipalities in Gipuzkoa, Populated Places in Gipuzkoa
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Sanctuary of Ignatius of Loyola, in Azpeitia
Sanctuary of Ignatius of Loyola, in Azpeitia
Flag of Azpeitia
Coat of arms of Azpeitia
Coat of arms
Azpeitia is located in Basque Country
Location of Azpeitia within the Basque Autonomous Community
Azpeitia is located in Spain
Location of Azpeitia within Spain
Country Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
Province Gipuzkoa
Comarca Urola Kosta
Founded 1310 (1310)
 • Mayor Eneko Etxeberria (Bildu)
 • Total 210.12 km2 (81.13 sq mi)
Elevation 80 m (260 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 14,580
 • Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Basque: azpeitiarra
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20730
Website Official website

Azpeitia (meaning 'down the rock' in Basque) is a town and municipality within the province of Gipuzkoa, in the Basque Country of Spain, located on the Urola river a few kilometres east of Azkoitia. Its population is 13,708 (2001 estimate). It is located 16 miles southwest of Donostia/San Sebastián.

Azpeitia is the birthplace of Ignatius of Loyola. His birth home is now preserved as a part of large Jesuit compound, the Sanctuary of Loyola, a major attraction of tourist and pilgrims alike. It is also the birthplace of Rennaissance composer Juan de Anchieta.

Azpeitia lies at the foot of the massive Izarraitz towering over the town and much visited by town-dwellers. Azpeitia Railway Museum is located in the town.

External links

  • Official website (Basque)
  • (Basque)
  • Profile at the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Spanish)

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