Santiago Cathedral

The Santiago Cathedral is located at Plaza Santiago, 1. The church is the city's oldest building and dates from 1379. Santiago (St. James) has been the patron saint of Bilbao since 1643. The style is Gothic and has a Neogothic tower and an impressive portico. There are three naves with the central one being the highest. The dimensions of the church are 51 meters long by 26.6 meters wide. The church has a triforium and ambulatory. There are ribbed vaulted ceilings. The choir stalls are impressive. The cloister is one of two in Vizcaya that has the Gothic architecture. There are 15 chapels in the church. There is an interesting crypt. It has carvings by Guiot de Beaugrant, Aboitiz, Arizmendi and Pérez Comendador. The church has two facades, one Renaissance and the other Neoclassic. Its tower and main façade, in Neogothic style, were designed by Severino de Achucarro and finished in 1887. The tower is actually the fourth one constructed. What is impressive about the cathedral is that it is very clean and the many stained glass windows are beautiful and extremely impressive. There is a pink fountain in the middle of the square of the church. The church became the cathedral in 1949.