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Bilbao old town

  • View of the 'Siete Calles' in the historic quarter of Bilbao. Vizcaya-Bizcaia © Turespaña

    View of the 'Siete Calles' in the historic quarter of Bilbao. Vizcaya-Bizcaia © Turespaña



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Vizcaya - Bizkaia, Basque Country
Vizcaya - Bizkaia

The oldest monuments in Bilbao are found in the old quarter. The area is also one of the main centres for leisure, shopping and cuisine in the city.

The old town is also known as the “Seven Streets”, originally comprising the following streets: Somera, Artekale, Tendería, Carnicería Vieja, Belostikale, Barrenkale and Barrenkale Barrena It was extended over time to the surrounding streets and squares. The area has a special charm with many colonnades, windowed balconies, coats-of-arms and old palaces. Santiago Cathedral, Begoña Basilica, La Encarnación Convent, housing the Sacred Art Museum, and the churches of San Antón, Santos Juanes and San Nicolás are just some standout monuments. In addition, the Arriaga Theatre, Plaza Nueva, La Ribera Market, Bidebarrieta Library, the old stock market building or the Basque Archaeology Museum are all worth a visit. The city’s bridges are also an emblematic architectural feature: San Anton, La Ribera or La Merced are just a few examples.


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Paul Gauguin. “Washerwomen in Arles (Laveuses à Arles)”, 1888. Oil on canvas. 74 x 92 cm. (Art Room). © Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Oct 6, 2018 to Jan 6, 2020


Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts - Bilbao
ABC. The alphabet at the Bilbao Museum

Jenny Holzer, “Memorial Bench II: Eye cut by flying glass…” 1996 (detail). Indiana Buff limestone bench, 44.1 x 182.9 x 61 cm. Text: Erlauf, 1995. Courtesy of the artist © 2019 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/VEGAP. Photo: Erik Sumption

Mar 22, 2019 to Sep 9, 2019


Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao - Bilbao
Exhibition: Jenny Holzer: Thing Indescribable

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Apr 12, 2019 to Oct 6, 2019


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Exhibition. A Backward Glance: Giorgio Morandi and the Old Masters

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May 29, 2019 to Oct 20, 2019


Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts - Bilbao
Zuloaga 1870-1945

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