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Urnieta

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Urnieta

Located on the right bank of the river Oria, Gipuzkoa's Urnieta belongs to the Donostialdea region. It is just 10 kilometres far from Donostia-San Sebastián. The town is encompassed by beautiful mountains such as Adarra, which is the highest peak with an elevation of 811 metres. The old part of the town, surrounded by modern buildings, is situated on a smooth hill. On the top we will find some interesting buildings such as the parish church of San Miguel, which has witnessed many significant events in the town's history. Following restoration works, it still keeps its primitive Romanesque entrance made of limestone and a sculpture of San Miguel, which dates from the 18th century. The hermitage of Santa Leocadia is close to the parish church of San Miguel. It observed the constant coming and going of pilgrims to the grave of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. In the Middle Ages Urnieta was an important passage for the way of Santiago de Compostela. In the same square the 17th-century town council presents a facade with a baroque coat of arms representing the village. The building has wide balconies on the wings of the building and a portico with arches. The construction suffered many fires. Marizulo cave There are numerous prehistoric monuments (Abailarri dolmens, Otsolepo and Pozontarri, Arleor, Eteneta and Mulisco cromlechs, etc.) in the surroundings of Urnieta. The wonderful landscape offers some traces of Urnieta's ancient past. Marizulo cave, for example, is situated in the rocks of Pardaki and dates to 3000 BC. Some human remains were found there, which suggest that the cave was once dwelled. Fiestas On September 29th, Urnieta holds San Miguel's patron Saint festival. It attracts many people who live in the nearby. The "Sorgin-dantza" (Witches' Dance) is one of the most deeply rooted event at the festival. On the other hand, there is procession at the hermitage of Santa Cruz located in the neighbourhood of Azkorte, 3-km from downtown. Apart from enjoying an excellent atmosphere we will be able to admire beautiful panoramic views of the surroundings.


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Surface area:

23.00

No. of inhabitants:

6166