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Bilbao Cathedral was built between the last quarter of the 15th century and the early 16th century in a Gothic style, although its Neo-Gothic façade and tower are the result of a complete reconstruction commissioned in the 19th century. The cathedral is named after the patron saint of Bilbao, the Apostle James the Elder, and honours the passage through the city of a coastal route of the Way of St James. It’s the largest Gothic church in Biscay, and also doubles as a parish church. In 1819 it attained the rank of minor basilica, the first church to be granted that title in the Basque Country. Bilbao Cathedral is primarily known for its small size (for a cathedral, although in reality it is large for a parish church, which was its original purpose), and the compact nature of its Gothic features. Source: Wikipedia
How to get to: Cathedral
La Ribera Market
The La Ribera Market is on the right bank of the Nervión River, next to the Old Quarter. It has a shopping area of 10,000 m2, making it the largest indoor market in Europe. Inside there are stands that sell various products, most notably fresh food. The building was opened on 22 August 1929. The design, which aimed for functionality, is based on open spaces with no interior columns and good ventilation to avoid unwanted odours, and on very carefully designed natural lighting that uses translucent materials to allow daylight to pass from one floor to another, as well as large windows, lattices and ceiling roses. This, along with the decoration on its walls, provides an eclectic Art Deco style. Source: Wikipedia
How to get to: La Ribera Market
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, founded in 1908, already boasts a 110-year history, during which the museum has developed a unique model where the public, the local artistic community and public institutions have shaped the museum’s layout and growth through important purchases and donations of art works that have structured the main cores of the collection and its subsequent growth.
The museum is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed on Tuesdays, except bank holidays, 25 December and 1 to 6 January. On 24 and 31 December it is closed from 2 pm to 8 pm. The museum offers guided tours every Saturday and Sunday. Guided tours for groups must be arranged in advance. Source: https://www.museobilbao.com/
How to get to: Museum of Fine Arts
Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert hall
Conceived by its architects, Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios, as a vessel permanently under construction emerging from the dock where the Euskalduna shipyard once stood, the centre received the Enric Miralles Award in 2001 at the 6th Biennial of Spanish Architecture. It is a large, multi-purpose complex with an area of 58,000 m2 located in the centre of Bilbao, very close to the international airport. It hosts numerous financial/corporate, academic, political, institutional, social and cultural events. It is home to the Opera Season of the Bilbao Association of Friends of Opera (ABAO), one of the most important and prestigious associations in Spain and Europe, as well as to the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (BOS), a magnificent musical institution that was founded in 1920 and gave its first concert in 1922.
How to get to: Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert hall
San Mamés is a football stadium that was opened during its initial phase of construction on 16 September 2013 to replace the old San Mamés. It is used primarily by Athletic Club de Bilbao for football matches, though it offers complementary services, including a sports innovation centre and a sports medicine centre, an underground running track and a municipal sports complex. It will also be used as a venue for large-capacity concerts, just like its predecessor. The stadium can hold 53,289 (expandable by 2,000, according to architect César Azcárate), and is listed as a category-4 stadium by UEFA, the highest rating. This means it can host European Championship games and Europa League finals, but not Champions League finals, which require more seats. Source: Wikipedia
How to get to: San Mamés