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Arantzazu Church

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Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza, Luis Laorga
location Oñati
function church
contributed by NGHM

Arantzazu is a sanctuary over 500 years old being cared for by Franciscan monks. Pre-eminent landmark of popular belief, it is home to a considerable part of the Basque soul, taking roots in her language and culture, love for nature. Arantzazu has long been a refuge for pilgrims and has provided several services for them. It is situated 750 m above sea level, surrounded by mountains and greenery. In 1951 a new basilica was built instead of continuing with partial restoration and extension works. It was solemn and with imposing presence due to its size, but the builders focused mainly on achieving an artistic and modern expression for which an ideas contest was called. Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza's and Luis Laorga's winning project had sculptor Jorge Oteiza's mark with his 14 apostles on the façade. The iron gates were designed by sculptor Eduardo Chillida and paintings by estor Basterretxea and Lucio Muñoz.


Naomi says:
And here's an English wikipedia page with more info.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 18-Aug-10
Naomi says:
Read more about the monastery and church here (English) and on wikipedia (Spanish).
Amsterdam, Netherlands 18-Aug-10
Naomi says:

Amsterdam, Netherlands 18-Aug-10
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Arantzazu Church
Sanctuary of Arantzazu
Project is public!
How to get there? It is located in the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park, at the heart of the Basque Country Euskadi. Easiest way to get there is by car.
Completion 1951
Main designer, ArchitectFrancisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza
ArtistEduardo Chillida
ArtistJorge Oteiza
ArchitectLuis Laorga
Project ID 6505
Latitude/Longitude 42°58'44N 02°23'55W
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