San Juan de Gaztelugatxe & The Island of Aketze (Panorama & see info on 1st page)

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Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 4, 2011

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Basque: Gaztelugatxeko Doniene) is a tiny island on the coast of Biscay belonging to the municipality of Bermeo, in Basque Country (Spain). It is connected to the mainland by a man made bridge. On top of the island stands a hermitage, dedicated to San Juan, that dates from the 10th century, although certain discoveries indicate that the date might be the 9th century. Along with another small neighboring island, Aketze, they form a protected Biotope, that extends from the town of Bakio until cape Machichaco, on the Bay of Biscay.

Etymologically the word gaztelugatxe comes from the Basque gaztelu = "castle" and aitz = "rock" or "crag", forming "Crag of the castle". Another possible translation of gatxe is bad this would mean "Bad Castle. The Hermitage The small church, which is usually closed, dates from the 10th century and seems to have come from the Knights Templar. In the year 1053 it was donated, by don Iñigo López Lord of Biscay, to the monastery of San Juan de la Peña near Jaca in Huesca. 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 the November 10, 1978, it was destroyed in one such fire. Two years later, on June 24, 1980 it was reinaugurated. The hermitage belongs to the parish of San Pelayo in Bakio. The hermitage also houses various votive offerings from sailors who survived shipwrecks.

Sehnwirmal on June 4, 2011

Wow I want to go to this wonderful place. Like 1 + favorit Best wishes, Moni

Rafal Ociepka on June 4, 2011

This is something beautiful, great photo!

Cheers :-)

Mehrdad - HQPs Group on June 5, 2011

Thanks for your explanations. In my nest trip to Spain, like Moni, I wont miss this beautiful place. LIKE(2). YS(2)

Best Regards, Mehrdad, from Tehran, Iran

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 5, 2011

Moni, it is good to have dreams, but be happy and content to to live in the beautiful Schwartzwald ,even when it rains sometimes. :))) Thanks!! Greetings, Jan

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 5, 2011

Rafal, Thank you for your kind comment. One of those beautiful places where any photo is great. Greetings, Jan

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 5, 2011

Mehrdad, Thank you. More information is on Wikipedia. I am sure that you will like this area. Greetings, Jan

Shrdn on June 5, 2011

Bellissima inquadratura (e posto meraviglioso). Mi piace! Ciao, Roberto

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 5, 2011

Roberto, Thank you. It sure is a beautiful place . Greetings from Holland and best wishes, Jan

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 5, 2011

Roberto, Thank you. I am very pleased with your comments. I had a quick look at your last photos. Seems we have a similar liking for these scenes. I added you to my list and sure will be back. Greetings from Holland and best wishes, Jan

Mihály Mondovics on June 6, 2011

Wonderful shore. It's worth to visit there. L
Misi

hschwe on June 6, 2011

Wonderful scenery and picture. Kind regards, HSchwe.

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 6, 2011
  • Misi Thx, glad that you still enjoy these photos.
  • hschwe thank you for your visit and kind comment.
  • I am really pleased with al you comments. Best wishes to all and greetings from Oirschot-Holland, Jan
Aganto Seno on June 7, 2011

A corner of Paradise. YS + Like it. Greetings, Seno

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 7, 2011

Seno, I agree. Only hope that there will be an elevator then. :0) Thanks sincerely for your gracious comments! Best wishes, Jan

Petr19, Zastávka, CZ on June 7, 2011

Moc pěkné, LIKE6, zdravím, Petr

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 7, 2011

Petr, thank you for your repeated visits. I appreciate your comment very much and am glad that you enjoy my pictures. Very best wishes and greetings from Oirschot-Holland, Jan

Fikus .Janina on June 7, 2011

Magicak place,fantastic view,colors. Like.Thank you very much for your visit and kind comments.Greetings Janina

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 7, 2011

Janina, I am very pleased that you enjoyed this photo. Thank you for your kind comment. Best wishes, Jan

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on June 8, 2011

Annemarie, prachtige natuur en hele aardige mensen. Vond het jammer dat we geen Spaans kennen. Ze spreken daar maar heel weinig Engels. Baskisch is overigens niet te lezen noch te verstaan. Groeten uit Oirschot-Holland, Jan

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