Friday, June 12, 2009


Xavier, the birthplace of the great missionary saint Francis Xavier (hah-VYER, not egg-ZAV-yer), is in Navarre, northwestern Spain. There's a Jesuit seminary next to the family's castle. The oldest part was built in the 10th century and was gradually expanded through the centuries. When Navarre became part of the kingdom of Castile, the castle was partially destroyed. Thankfully, the castle has been restored.

The castle keep, the oldest part from the 10th century

Ramparts from the 13th century


Closeup of chain links

View of the Navarrese mountains from the top of the castle keep

A meditation corner in the castle's new chapel.

A walnut crucifix which survived the ravaging.

The Basilica tacked onto the castle in the 19th century. Completed and dedicated at the turn of the 20th century.

Inscription dedicating the church to the glory of God

St. Francis Xavier

Representing the Gospel of Matthew




Chapel to Our Lady

A close-up

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