Bilbao Cathedral

Bilbao, Spain

Santiago Cathedral of Bilbao was originally built during the 14th-15th centuries as Bilbao's main parish church, and was only declared cathedral in 1950 when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bilbao was officially created. Its origins probably date to well before the foundation of the city in 1300, when Bilbao was little more than a small enclave of fishermen.

The church is consecrated in honor of the apostle Saint James the Great (Santiago), by virtue of being a point of transit for the pilgrims that followed the Northern branch of the Way of Saint James.

Architecturally, the present building is a mixture of styles: from the 15th century Gothic of the cloister and the main vault, where of special interest are the cloister and the beautiful portal that gives access Correo street (Puerta del Angel), to the ostentatious Gothic Revival façade and spire.

A curious custom is the addition of stone carvings of local merchants along the buttresses of the main vault.



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Dendarikale 25, Bilbao, Spain
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Dominik Komarnicki (2 months ago)
Fantastic piece of Old Bilbao. Definitely worth seeing.
Outtah kush (2 months ago)
Get the history first then you'll decide t pay a visit to the cathedral.
Amit Parekh (5 months ago)
Nice place.
Armin Halarseck GmbH (11 months ago)
The entire area is absolutely stunning. Getting lost in the Bilbao Oldtown is a thing. Eat and drink your way through the little streets of Bilbao
joby akkara (12 months ago)
Wonderful construction
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