Oñati — Municipality — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Spain Autonomous community Basque Country Province Gipuzkoa Comarca Debagoiena Government – Mayor Lurdes Idoiaga Urkia Area – Total 107.31 km2 (41.4 sq mi) Elevation 230 m (755 ft) Population (2009) – Total 10,896 – Density 101.5/km2 (263/sq mi) Demonym Oñatiarra Time zone CET (UTC+1) – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) Postal code 20560/20567/20568/20569 Website Official website
Oñati is a town located in the province of Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in the north of Spain. It has a population of approximately 10,500 and lies in a valley in the center of the Basque country. It lies about 40 km south of the Bay of Biscay and is about 236 m above sea level. The name in Basque translates roughly as "place of many hills", reflecting the landscape of the area. The town is surrounded on three sides by green mountains on the southern side by the Aloña limestone formation.
Dating back to the Medieval period, Oñati is home to numerous monuments. The Ancient University of the Basque Country, which is in the town's centre, is one of the oldest university buildings on the Iberian peninsula. Today it houses the International Institute for the Sociology of Law. Other important sites include the monastery and hospice of Bidaurreta and the Church of Saint Michael.
Above the city lies the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, which is known for its Pilgrimage Church of Our Lady. A shepherd is said to have discovered a figure of the Virgin here in 1469. The original 16th Century chapel was replaced in 1950 by a church in a more contemporary style.
Onati is also known for having hosted the Boise State University Campus in the Basque Country program at ETEO. The time was very volatile politically, and mirrored Northern Ireland in many ways, since it saw the death of Franco and the transition to a non dictatorial political system.
- Official Website Information available in English, Spanish and Basque.
- OÑATI in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) Information available in Spanish
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