Our final destination on our pilgrimage across Spain was to the birthplace of St Ignatius of Loyola.
He was also born to nobility, in a castle, in the little town of Azpeitia, not far from San Sebastian.
The castle is now encased by this large, and perhaps ugly, cathedral.....
Although the walls of the 14th century castle can still be seen inside...
There is a beautiful statue of St Ignatius being helped by his servants after he was seriously wounded by a cannonball in a battle at Pamplona.
(Now you just need to dodge bulls in Pamplona!)
While convalescing in the castle he decided leave the glamourous(?) life of a soldier and devote himself to God
He subsequently formed the Jesuits...
Of course, no family is complete without its own crest...
|Two bears carved into the stone wall above the entrance to the castle|
The dome inside the cathedral was quite spectacular!
So with the trifecta of pilgrim destinations complete, my real holiday begins!