Azpeitia

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Sanctuary of Ignatius of Loyola, in Azpeitia

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. 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.

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Coordinates: 43°11′N 2°16′W / 43.183°N 2.267°W / 43.183; -2.267