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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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Chapel
Location type: Chapel
Number of texts: 1
3 stars
Made by Dromos
Made by Dromos

On top of the island of Gaztelugatxe stands a hermitage (named Gaztelugatxeko Doniene in Basque, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spanish), dedicated to John the Baptist, that dates from the 10th century, although discoveries indicate that the date might be the 9th century. The small church, which is usually closed, seems to have come from the Knights Templar. Medieval burials from the 9th and 12th centuries have been found on the esplanade and in the hermitage. In 1593 it was attacked and sacked by Francis Drake. Among other incidents, it has caught fire several times. On November 10, 1978, it was destroyed in one such fire. Two years later, on June 24, 1980 it was re-inaugurated. The hermitage also houses votive offerings from sailors who survived shipwrecks.

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