The church of San Martín de Tours was built in the 14th century. The appearance was similar to the one the hermitage of La Antigua of Zumarraga has today. However, renovations carried out in later years have enabled it to see it today with another aspect.The church as we see today was transformed in the 16th century. Thus, among other works, the wooden vaults were made that we can see today in the temple.
The following centuries would witness various reforms, such as the construction of the tower in the 18th century and the demolition of the apse in 1861 to make way for the Azkoitia road.
The complete restoration of the temple was conducted in 1982, due to the concern expressed by several members of the parish community on the rapid deterioration of the building.
The church houses two altarpieces of great importance, Nuestra Señora and Santa Katalina among others.
Built in the 16th century by Domingo de Mendiaraz. He later made an almost identical altarpiece for La Antigua of Zumarraga.
On the bottom part we can see Jesus Praying in the Orchard, Road to Calvary and the Arrest of Jesus.
In the central part, the image of Virgin Mary with infant Jesus dominates. To the left is Santa Agueda and to the right is Nativity. In the composition of Nativity one may observe the importance that Mendiaraz gives to the folds of the garments.
On the top part we can see the Assumption. To the left is the Presentation and to the right is the Epiphany (Adoration of the Three Kings). Here one may see the level of difficulty that Mendiaraz uses in the field of relief and his way to conceive the human face, which always tends to be square, with a lot of volume and hair and curly beard.
The altarpiece of Santa Katalina was built in the 16th century by Juan de Araoz, who was given a lot of freedom to make this altarpiece, who used already carved carvings.
On the bottom part, in the centre, we see Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the Well and Santa Barbara and Santa Agueda in medallions, on the sides.
The central part has the image of Santa Catalina built by Juan de Lizarazu, stepping a man with a turban, a symbol of evil. She has a sword in one hand and a book in another, a symbol of strength and wisdom.
In the side parts, we see scenes alluding the Saint: martyrdom with the wheel studded with knives and the Saint meeting emperor Maxentius in the presence of a group of wise men; and on the top part is the decapitation of the Saint with the emergence of the Eternal Father blessing.
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