Art & Culture

Cultural Heritage

Loiola Tower House

The Loiola family Tower House was the birthplace of Saint Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus in 1491.


The house falls within the sanctuary's limits and nowadays hosts a little museum showing Saint Ignatius's family's life, relatives of the Oñacino side, and its most famous person, Saint Ignatius.


As many other medieval towers, the Loiola one has a square plan, four floors and hipped floor. After Enrique IV's order to distroy the top of all the defensive buildings, Saint Ignatius de Loiola's grandfather ordered the destruction of the upper part and its rebuilding in Mudejar style.


That is the reason why the building has two styles: Gothic in the ground part and Mudejar in the upper part.

Information of interest

Type of resources
Religious buildings
Monument type

Tower House

Carretera GI-631, entre Azkoitia y Azpeitia (Santuario de Loiola) - 20730 Azpeitia
Artistic style
12th century
Opening hours

Every day of the year: from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 18:15pm


Spiritual retreat, stays for religious groups and special celebrations for pilgrims.


  • Public toilet
  • Audio guide
  • Parking
  • Park
  • Exhibition hall
  • Shops
  • Guided visit