In Urretxu, we must visit the Old Quarter, where we can visit many outstanding manor houses, palaces, the Parish Church of San Martín de Tours, and the Town Hall.
Urretxu's Historic Quarter or medieval town was a rectangular fortress that we can perfectly identify nowadays despite the urban transformations. In the Jauregui and Iparragirre streets, several of those palace-houses remain as symbols of living history.
The Iparraguirre Square, in the very heart of the Historic Quarter, houses the statue erected as a tribute to José María Iparragirre, a famous Basque musician and poet who composed the 'Gernikako Arbola', among other well-known pieces. The Parish Church of San Martín de Tours, dating from the 14th century, and the Town Hall, the old Ipeñarrita-Corral Palace, are other architectural elements that distinguish this square, which acts as permanent venue of an exhibition of mineral and fossils.
Urretxu has other places of cultural and artistic interest, such as the Areizaga Palace-House, the Hermitage of Santa Bárbara, the Hermitage of Santa Cruz de Sagastitxipi, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, or the Cruz de Término of Mendiaraz (cross indicating the boundary of a municipal land).
The Areizaga Street, the so-called Urretxu's slope, is the area with the greatest atmosphere in this village. Among the leisure activities, we can choose some of the excursions the village offers. In the urban area, besides going to the neighbouring Zumarraga, we can follow a route through the Old Quarter, an interesting way of knowing Urretxu by means of the figure of José María Iparragirre. Mountain lovers can climb summits like Mount Irimo.
DON'T MISS THIS
- Parish Church of San Martin de Tours: Dating from the 14th century, its inside combines Renaissance, gothic, and baroque shapes.
- Corral Ipeñarrieta Palace-House: This 17th century building, which at present houses Urretxu's Town Hall, is influenced by the herrerian style.
- Museum of Minerals and Fossils
- Hermitages of Santa Bárbara -with medieval origin- and of Santa Cruz de Sagastitxipi, dating from the 17th century and almost completely restored in the 18th century.
- Areizaga 'Baroicoa' Palace-House, built in the 17th century Don Felipe de Areizaga, who was granted the title of baron by Charles V.
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