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“Nice park but too many dogs.”
Review of Dona Casilda Park

Dona Casilda Park
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Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #7 of 119 things to do in Bilbao
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Lots of benches to rest on, and some nice fountains and a place to feed the ducks. Most people in Bilbao seem to own a dog, and let them run free around the park , which is not to everyones pleasure!

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Reviewed 2 September 2012

This park was dripping with wisteria and willows. It felt like a temperate rainforest, with so much green and so much in bloom. It's beautiful.

Thank KathleenfromBoston
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Dona Casilda park has benches under the trees so you can rest in the shade when the afternoon is hot. There's also a little duck pond with some quite big ducks, who will entertain you with a fight or some beak-to-beak wing splashing. When you are refreshed, you can walk over the bridge with a great view of the Guggenheim.

Thank Neatham
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

Doña Casilda Park is located at Paseo Don Jose Anselmo Clave. This park downtown is beside the Museo de Bellas Artes and it was built in 1907. The architect was Ricardo Bastida and the engineer was Juan de Eguiraun. There is a pond with ducks, a dancing waters fountain, and a stage for performances. The Bellas Artes Museum has a cafe that overlooks the park. This park is a favorite promenade for people with children. The park is the largest in Bilbao and has an area of 85,200 square meters. The style of the park is Romantic. There is a classical merry-go-round, two basketball pitches, a dancing waters fountain and the pavilion for live performances. There are magnolia and plane trees in the park. Flowers are everywhere, and these include magnolias.
There is a monument to Doña Casilda. Casilda Iturrizar donated the land of the park to the city. Agustin Querol was the sculptor. The park has two Roman style sculptures created by Enrique Barros in 1972. There is a sculpture honouring Tonetti the clown, created by Eduardo Chillida. The monumental fountain was designed by Aureliano Valle.

It is interesting to know something about Doña Casilda. She lived between 1818 and 1900. In 1859 she married Tomas Jose Joaquin de Epalza y Zubaran, a man of business. He was one of the founders of the Banco de Bilbao, together with his cousins Pablo de Epalza Lecanda and Domingo de Epalza Larrondo. He made a large fortune. Unfortunately the pair did not have any children. When her husband died, Doña Casilda dedicated her life to charity, founding the schools of Tivoli. She also helped Catholic priests and nuns in their organizations. She was known as the Widow of Epalza.

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