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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. It is 51.5 m long, 22.3 m wide and 22.5 m high at the main nave, and has a surface area of 1,100 m2. The sandstone masonry construction is very uniform, and features beautiful, toasted or vinous colours with veining on the inside. Source: Wikipedia