Donostia (Basque), Spain

Donostia is Basque language, meaning San Sebastián in Spanish.

San Telmo Museum is located in the Old Town, at the foot of the Mount Urgull. It is primarily dedicated to Basque culture and history, the collection contains more than 26,000 for exhibits in all fields.

San Telmo Museum

San Telmo Museum; the original and new buildings.

The complex of San Telmo Museum is divided in the original and new buildings.

Cloister of San Telmo Convent

Cloister of San Telmo Convent

The original building is a Dominican convent from the 16th century.

San Telmo Iglesia of the Museum

San Telmo Iglesia of the Museum

After the San Telmo Museum, I’d like to try some pintxos (pincho) at a Bar in the old town.

Bar Street of the Old Town, San Sebastián

Bar Street of the Old Town, San Sebastián

A local recommended me, Bar La Goiz Argi is a small but has a name for being cheap and good.

Bar La Goiz Argi

Bar La Goiz Argi, Dishes on the counter and Grilled prawn (Brocheta de Gambas)

The grilled prawn (Brocheta de Gambas), added a specially made source to a hot prawn; this is really delicious!

Basílica de Santa María del Coro (The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus) is a baroque Roman Catholic parish church completed in 1774.

The Basilica of Saint Mary and its main entrance.

The Basilica of Saint Mary and its main entrance.

The main entrance is located between the two towers and looks as an altarpiece with its tortured figure of Saint Sebastian and the papal symbols.

Interior of the Church of Saint Mary in San Sebastián

Interior of the Church of Saint Mary in San Sebastián

Catedral del Buen Pastor (Cathedral of the Good Shepherd) stands on the street called “San Martin Kalea” in the old town of San Sebastián.

Catedral del Buen Pastor (Cathedral of the Good Shepherd), San Sebastián

Catedral del Buen Pastor (Cathedral of the Good Shepherd), San Sebastián

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This most remarkable religious building was dedicated to the Good Shepherd, has held the rank of cathedral since 1953.

In the Bible, Jesus is depicted as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.

The Cathedral has a symmetrical, rectangular floor plan, in Latin cross formation with three naves, transept and presbytery.

The façade and the main altar of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

The façade and the main altar of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

The high altar is dedicated to the Buen Pastor “Good Shepherd.” It is built in sandstone from the Monte Igueldo quarries and has a wealth of decorative elements such as stained glass windows (by Juan Bautista Lázaro), gargoyles, pinnacles.

Interior of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Interior of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

The most of residents in northern Spain are still religious and honest.

Next, I’ll show you the two bridges across the river called “río Urumea.”

The River Urumea (59.4 km length) flows into the Bay of Biscay from its source Basque Pyrenees.

Río Urumea

Río Urumea

Built in 19 century, Maria Cristina Bridge allows direct access from downtown to the North Station, the bullfighting arena.

Maria Cristina Bridge

Maria Cristina Bridge

The bridge is decorated with sculptures and two massive pillars at its entrance as well as rich iron motives.

Bridge Maria Cristina cross over the River Urumea, San Sebastian River.

Bridge Maria Cristina cross over the River Urumea, San Sebastian.

Santa Catalina Bridge is built in neoclassic style in 19th century and links up two main roads of the city, Avenida de la Libertad Avenue and Calle de Miracruz Street.

Santa Catalina Bridge San Sebastián

Santa Catalina Bridge San Sebastián

The bridge consists of four depressed arches and masonry with light colored stone and red limestone.

Arrived at the City Hall of San Sebastián, I took a rest at the little square in front the City Hall.

City hall of San Sebastián

City hall of San Sebastián

The building of City Hall was built up in 1887 at the Gardens of Alderdi-Eder of San Sebastián to house the main casino. The opening ceremony was attended by the Queen Maria Christina of Austria. However, it closed as a casino after the ban on gambling in 1924. Now, after many complications it is the City council of San Sebastián.

At that evening, I enjoyed the night view of the city from my hotel room and then went into the bed.

Night view of Donostia, Spain

Night view of Donostia, Spain

Flowers from the Northern Spain

Flowers from the Northern Spain

 

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