St. Ignatius of Loyola Monument


The San Ignacio de Loyola Monument is located at the Avenida de San Ignacio. The monument was created in 2005 by Joan Flotats, a Catalan artist. The monument is made of bronze and Stone. It shows where San Ignacio de Loyola (St. Ignatius of Loyola) fell and was hurt in the defense of the Pamplona Castle. It has four human figures and a dog, and in the center is the young Ignacio on a bed.

Ignacio was seriously hurt in the Battle of Pamplona in 1521. While recovering, he underwent a spiritual conversion. He decided to leave his military life and dedicate it to God. He founded the Society of Jesus in 1539 and he and his followers bound themselves to vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. He died in 1556 and was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. Ignatius is the patron saint of soldiers and the Basque Country.