8am-8pm - guided tours (by prior booking, tours in French or English): Jun-Sep 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 4pm and 5pm; rest of year: weekends, Bank Hols and extended weekends 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm, Mon-Fri by prior arrangement 8am-2pm
The sanctuary is perched at 800m altitude in a mountainous site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a shepherd in 1468. Like the façade towers, the large campanile standing above the buildings is covered in diamond point stone, a symbol of the hawthorn (arantzazu in Basque). The current building dates back to the mid-20C: inside, there is a statue of the Virgin Mary in the centre of a gigantic retable painted on wood by Lucio Muñoz and fine stained-glass windows by Xabier Alvarez de Eulate.
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