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Cathedral Santiago of Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is the best known work of Canadian architect Frank Gehry.
Nowadays, the Guggenheim Museum hosts many temporary exhibitions, so whenever you come to visit you can discover brand new works.
It also includes permanent exhibitions such as works by Jorge Oteiza and Mark Rothko. Where you can explore different works by representatives of 19th century Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and German Expressionism.
But let's not forget the most important thing, the museum and location is a work of art for the visitors themselves.
We invite you to discover it.
Mamá could be the world's largest arachnid at 10 metres tall and weighing 22 tonnes.
However, Mama is a sculpture that is covered in bronze, steel and marble.
Crafted by Louise Bourgeois, Mamá represents fertility and protection. The sculpture embodies the strength of motherhood.
That is why you can find her guarding the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Cathedral Santiago of Bilbao
The Cathedral Basilica of Santiago is the temple that houses the Catholic seat of Bilbao.
It is one of the smallest cathedrals in the region and in Europe, its 16th century Gothic style architecture recreates the medieval architecture of the time with a large façade decorated with stone tracery .
A reconstruction was carried out in the 19th century with the addition of a rose window, tower and spire. At that time, the style was created from the influence of neo-Gothic or Victorian Gothic. Offering a change of materials and modern decorative art that keeps the tradition of the Middle Ages.
Discover our history from the cathedral.
This is the market located on the banks of the Nervión estuary, dating from the 14th century, and is the city's main shopping area.
It was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century in the modernist style of the time with wrought iron and glass.
In 1928, the decision was taken to rebuild the market in the rationalist style of the time. This character was based on the functionality of open spaces without columns, creating good ventilation inside the building made of reinforced concrete materials, which was decorated in an art deco style.
We encourage you to visit the market and taste our regional products.
The Plaza Nueva was built in the 19th century due to the influence of the Bilbao enlightenment of the time.
The project began to be developed in 1786 to be carried out in the following years.
However, due to the conflicts of the War of Independence, in the context of the Napoleonic Wars (1808-1814) against Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte, it was postponed until the end of the war.
The building finally began in 1829 and was completed in 1851.
The square has a neoclassical style from the 19th century with a rectangular shape and semicircular arches with ashlar stone and concrete materials. Nowadays, it invites you to relax and is used for events, gastronomic venues and local festivals.
On Sundays there is also a collectors' market.
You can't miss it!
San Juan de Gatztelugatxe
The great work of the sea eroding the rock, limestone and sand has carved this natural work of art. This islet is only 30 minutes by car from the city of Bilbao.
The islet of San Juan de Gatztelugatxe contains tunnels, arches and caves, making it a protected natural biotope.
The very narrow access to the islet is an unsurpassable work of nature itself and is a haven for the region's seabirds.
Popular tradition speaks of climbing the 241 steps and ringing the bell three times. We encourage you to make this folkloric inheritance a reality.
It was also the setting for the filming of the series Game of Thrones. In the fiction of the series, you can see a palace recreated on the site of the chapel.
However, the palace refers to the remains of the castle that was built by the Kingdom of Navarre in the 10th century.
Also, they built a stone bridge for easy access to the islet that still stands today.
Will you miss it?