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“Beautiful Basilica in the Basque Country”

Basilica de Lekeitio
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Lekeitio
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I have submitted a great photo of the place. The Basilica is very pretty in between the ocean and the mountains of Euskadi

Thank Yilva K
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

From the outside, this church looks strikingly large (for a smallish town like Lekeitio) but inside is a more comfortable size. The architecture is fifteenth century Late Gothic with a strong Flemish influence. One particularity in this stately church is its wooden slab floor instead of the more usual stone one you might find elsewhere. There is a huge, impressive, gold fifteenth century reredos behind the altar made from polychromed wood measuring12.5 by 9.5 meters. It costs 1 euro to turn the lights on it to see it better (there is no entrance fee to the church). There are lots of later period polychromed wooden statues in the side chapels. The only problem is finding the church open. Your best bet is between. 9:00-10:30 am and 6:30-7:00 pm although on Sundays and holy days it will be open most of the morning and for evening mass. Lekeitio was an important whaling and fishing town in the Middle Ages. This was its fortune. If you go across the square in front of the church to the eighteenth century town hall (Palacio de Uriarte or del ayuntamiento) there are three coats of arms; the one on the right has an image of Basque whalers rowing out to their catch. The continental shelf is so close they could reach whales rowing from the shore. As the whales disappeared from their coasts the Basques dedicated themselves to other exploits but rowing has stayed a an important competitive sport.

Thank Spiii-Rose
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

A basilica in Lekeitio? Impressive for a town of this size. Well,the town of Lekeitio does have some impressive palaces,etc., anyway, so maybe it shouldn't be so much of a surprise. I believe it dates from the 16th c, though built on a site of a church from the 14th. This town has history. The altarpiece, if I understood correctly, is one of the largest in Spain. I believe only Sevilla and Toledo have larger. You might check your travel guide.

if you are in the neighborhood, don't miss it.

Thank SpencerTracy
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

There is not much in this small city in the Basque Country. The one thing that stands out is this church. It is a sight to see both inside and out. Loved the front doors. We can say it's a must see in Lekeitio besides the port and ocean. Island that is very close has sickly looking trees.

Thank Travelbound44
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