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.