Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is the capital of the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. It is the largest city of the Basque Country and the tenth largest in Spain, with a population of 353,187 in 2010.

Bilbao Old Town Map

Bilbao Old Town Map

Tourist Map of Bilbao

At that day, arrived at Sagrada Corazon Square, I walked into the old town.

Sagrada Corazon Square

Sagrada Corazon Square

From the square, going to the old town beyond the Nervión river, and arrived at Iglesia de Nicholas.

Nervión River

Nervión River

St. Nicholas Church Bilbao is a baroque catholic church opened in 1756.

Iglesia de San Nicholas

Iglesia de San Nicholas

It is located at the Plaza de San Nicolas in the old town, and the facade faces the Arriaga Theatre.

Arriaga Theatre and Iglesia Nicholas on the Plaza de San Nicolas

Arriaga Theatre and Iglesia Nicholas on the Plaza de San Nicolas

The Teatro Arriaga, opera house in Bilbao was built in Neo-baroque style in 1890. It is named after Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, known as the “Spanish Mozart” in those days.

Arriaga Theatre and its interior

Arriaga Theatre and its interior

Took some photos in the Arriaga Theatre, went to Plaza Nueva (New Square).

Scenery on the way to the Plaza Nueva (New Square) from the Arriaga Theatre.

Scenery on the way to the Plaza Nueva (New Square) from the Arriaga Theatre.

The Plaza Nueva (New Square) Bilbao is a monumental square of Neoclassical style built in 1821.

Plaza Nueva (New Square) Bilbao.

Plaza Nueva (New Square) Bilbao.

The square is enclosed by arcaded buildings and accessed by arches known as cuevas (caves).

Residents are enjoying life in the Plaza Nueva.

Residents are enjoying their life in the Plaza Nueva.

Its name comes from the previously existing Plaza Vieja or Old Square in the place where the Ribera Market was built.

Next, move to Unamuno SquarePlaza Miguel Unamuno is one of the most popular squares in Bilbao. Many people spend the afternoon shopping here.

Plaza Miguel Unamuno

Plaza Miguel Unamuno

Plaza Unamuno is a vital space named after a world famous scholar of literature and a philosopher, Miguel de Unamuno. He was born in one of the properties still preserved in popular Ronda Street, near the square.

Basque Museum also faces the Unamuno Square, and it is the former Faculty of the College of San Andrés. The museum was opened in 1921 and is installed in a Baroque style building in the old town. It features collections that celebrate Basque culture and history.

The Basque Museum and the stone sculpture “El Mikeldi” in the courtyard.

The Basque Museum and the stone sculpture “El Mikeldi” in the courtyard.

The stone boar zoomorphic sculpture called El Mikeldi is to come from the Second Iron Age.

Other exhibits of the Basque Museum.

Other exhibits of the Basque Museum.

And then, went in Saint John’s Parish Church next to the Basque Museum.

Saint John Parish Church, Bilbao

Saint John Parish Church, Bilbao

The seventeenth century Parish Church of St John is the first jesuitic church in Bilbao, and one of the very few examples of mannerism in the Basque Country. It shares its cloister with the Basque Museum.

Beautiful stained glasses of the church.

Beautiful stained glasses of the church.

On the way to Bilbao Cathedral from Saint John’s Parish Church. Passing through the very short street called Portal de Zamudio Kalea.

Street called Portal de Zamudio Kalea.

Street called Portal de Zamudio Kalea.

Distance of the street is approximately 31m. So this street is very famous.

Santiago Cathedral is a Catholic Cathedral in the city of Bilbao that was officially declared cathedral in 1950. Its origins probably date back to before the foundation of the city in 1300.

Santiago Cathedral in Bilbao.

Santiago Cathedral in Bilbao.

The cathedral interior has three naves with vaulted ceilings. Although it is in Gothic style, the façade and tower visible today were built in the 19th century.

The main portal and the high alter of the cathedral.

The main portal and the high alter of the cathedral.

The choir stalls and cloister are beautiful, the latter built in florid Gothic style.

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The cloister of the cathedral.

Santiago Cathedral; Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies and Chapel of San Diego de Alcala.

Santiago Cathedral; Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies and Chapel of San Diego de Alcala.

San Diego de Alcala was a Spanish lay brotuer of the order of Friars Minor  who served as among the first group of missionaries to the newly conquered Canary Islands. He died at Alcalá de Henares1463, and is now honored by the Catholic Church as a saint. The name “San Diego” is also a variant of Santiago, the name for St. James.

After this, I left the old town of Bilbao for the famous museum “Guggenheim Museum,” but I am not interested about it. If you are interested about the Guggenheim museum, you should look at other sites, there are a pile of the information about the museum on the net.

Flowers from the Northern Spain

Flowers from the Northern Spain

 

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