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“Most beautiful church of Bilbao but on top of hill!”
Review of Basilica of Begona

Basilica of Begona
Ranked #14 of 119 things to do in Bilbao
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

Basilica of Begona in Bilbao is for certain the most beautiful church of Bilbao. The problem is that the church is situated on top of a hill and you have to climb about 285 steps. The alternative is to go via metro station of Casco Viejo and pay for the elevator (1.65 / Person/trip). Then you have only to walk for about 500m light up hill.

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Reviewed 29 March 2013

In the Unamuno Square there is one big stair named Mallona or Amatxu with 213 steps to arrive at Basilica Begonia(1620), gotic style.Nice place to pray and a beautiful view of Bilbao!!!

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

pretty place but is far away from the metro station
you should walk like 20 min and is not very clear the right way.

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Reviewed 22 June 2012

The Basilica of Begoña is located at Calle Virgen de Begoña, 38. The church was constructed over a primitive hermitage starting in 1511, where legend says the Virgin Mary first appeared.
It is known that in 1672 an etching of the Virgin was published. The constructor was Sancho Martinez de Arego. The church has a basilical plan and has three naves without a crossing, covered with vaults. The choir was the work of Martin Ibañez de Zalbidea and was finished in 1621. This work was in the Gothic style. However in the 16th century the façade was changed to a large triumphal arch in the Mannerist style. In 1835 during the first Carlist War, the façade and tower were destroyed. A new façade was finished in 1907 by Jose Maria Basterra and the sacristy was finished in 1903. In 1994 a restoration was made on the stone of the church and also on the clock, bells and carillon. There are 24 bells that were constructed in Sumiswald, Switzerland. The carillon was made in 1922 and can play seven melodies. In 1903 Pope Pius X proclaimed the Virgin of Begoña as the patron saint of Vizcaya. The main altarpiece is Neoclassical and contains the Camarin of the Virgin (Virgin’s chamber).

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