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In Bilbao, Guggenheim

In this new Bilbao that is developing since not many years ago, we meet the so international which is the museum Guggenheim Bilbao.
 
When in 1991 the first ideas for the materialization of a Museum of the Foundation Solomon Guggenheim in the Basque Country began to take form, the fact is that very few people could imagine that after a short time it would become one of the most emblematic and well renowned buildings all over the world.
 
The architect Frank O. Gehry was the responsible of giving expression to the project that nowadays we know, a capricious structure of titanium, stone and crystal that captivates with his versatile and enchanting curves. In its inside the museum hides the most interesting collections of the contemporary art of the last decades.

Inaugurated in 1997, thousands of persons have contemplated its permanent collections and the impressive temporary collections. A Museum that has returned the prominence to Bilbao in a world increasingly cultural, tourist and globalized.

The city will never again be imagined without the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum because, the museum, not only has collaborated to changing the image perceived of the city but, in addition, it has contributed in a decisive way to its physical transformation. Today Bilbao is a modern and educated city, at the forefront of the cultural and urban tourism destinations in the whole world.

 
San Juan of Gasztelugatxe

Between Bermeo and Bakio, a very special, symbolic and beautiful rock, tries to hold on the sea in an attempt to escape from his natural situation. And in this attempt, the rocky place, protected biotope, shapes one of the most emblematic landscapes of the coast of Biscay.

Abrupt and distant, the hermitage of San Juan reach its top. This religious building was constructed in the 10th century in honour of San Juan the Baptist. In the way that takes us to the top, three small footprints remember us the passing, in short peregrination, of many people who before us visited the island. The legend tell us that these footprints are of the Baptist.

After 231 steps we arrive to the hermitage, with 80 meters of slope, and we get into an extraordinary and spectacular landscape, an unavoidable reference in the visit to our land.

Sacked by pirates, Gastelugatze was also refuge and place for disembarkation of pilgrims coming from the whole Europe and in direction towards Santiago de Compostela, using the Way of the Coast.

Resting place and of permanent fight with the strong swell, refuge of marine species and birds, rock that gets into the waters as willing to become in it as well, an abrupt and extraordinary singularity.

 
Antigua and the Temples's route.

St. Mary of Zumarraga, known popularly as The Antigua, was until 1576 parochial temple of the nowadays Villa of Zumarraga.

Jewel of the popular religious architecture, of Romanesque-Gothic style, it possesses a very singular invoice. Placed in the foothills of Mount Beloki, it dominates a natural splendid panorama and enjoys the shade of a forest of centenary holm oaks.

In the middle of the 16th century and, invoking reasons of distance and safety, the settlers managed to bring to the valley the parochial temple. From that  time The Antigua worked as an hermitage.

It presents an austere Romanesque its exterior part, encouraged by a Gothic door and a surprising interior where has been produced a perfect symbiosis between stone and wood, and where an interesting Gothic sculpture with the image of the Andra Mari is guarded.

From here, we will be able to visit Loiola's Sanctuary and Arantzazu's Sanctuary, a modernist temple that presents the artistic work of 3 great geniuses, winners of the Prince of Asturias Prize: Saénz de Oiza, Jorge Oteiza and Eduardo Chillida. Besides them, other big artists took part too: Nestor Basterretxea, Xabier Alvarez of Eulate, Lucio Muñoz or Xabier Egaña, and so on. It is considered by the experts as the best religious construction of the 20th century.

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