Between the tower and mansion

  • Birthplace of the outstanding musician Juan de Antxieta, with original mudéjar facade.
  • Birthplace of the mother of San Ignacio.
  • Magnificent Mudejar palace from the first half of the 16th century with facade having a slender arched gallery with three floors.
  • Birthplace of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the colonizer of the Philippine Islands.
  • A robust and majestic house constructed at the beginning of the 17th century in the foothills of Mount Irimo.
  • In the first half of the 16th century it is adorned with its corner balcony.
  • One may see its façade decorated with 53 magnificent ceramic plates of German origin, dating from the first half of the 16th century.
  • It has a large entrance arch and a door with richly carved plateresque motifs.
  • With its great bas relief of the year 1500 in the main facade.
  • It shows its elegant garitones-pinnacles in the corners.
  • One may see the imperial shield of Carlos V with the two-headed eagle on the main facade.
  • Remarkable architectural example from the 16th century.
  • Remarkable architectural example from the 16th century.
  • Mansions located next to the Church of San Juan Bautista.
  • Entrance to the interesting and at the same time charming medieval town.
  • Residence built by the Elexalde on the plot where the castle of the count was raised.
  • Residence of one of the most important lineages of the region, now a museum.
  • Built as the parish church of Aozaratza, next to the natural surroundings of Urkulu.

Between Tower-Houses and Palaces

The 16th century sustained the glorified days of the powerful medieval families and was host to a number of other socially emergent contemporary families.

Azkarate-Marutegi Palace. Both the brickwork and the sill work on the façade are decorated with ceramic plaques in a regular arrangement,... The plaques are of a German origin, possibly from the region of Nuremberg, dating from the first half of the 16th century, and seemed to have once formed a part of a large oven; the glassy relief portrays an iconographic program,...

J.A. Gil Massa. Urbanism and civil architecture in Bergara. S. XIII-XVIII.

The local elite continued to build their homes in the Renaissance style and close contact is maintained with nearby economic strongholds. Many locals partake in positions as royal secretaries, scribes and other administrative tasks, wile very few choose to emigrate. A sign of this flourishing period is the change in the tower-houses, which begin to lose their military character in favor of a more lavish and domestic appearance, as well as being subject to significant structural changes. A wide variety of tower dwellings and palaces can still be found in the land of Saint Ignatius.

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Between Tower-Houses and Palaces

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