The Bilbao City Hall was built on the site
of the former convent of San Agustín (St Agustin), ceded
by the Government to Bilbao City Hall in 1880.Its location at
the beginning of the Campo de Volantín and its direct links
with the area called the "Ensanche" or the area of expansion
of Bilbao, via the San Agustín swing bridge, gives the
site its special visual and strategic importance in the city.
The basilica in which the Virgin of Begoña, patron saint and spiritual mother of Bizkaia is worshipped, is found on the top of a hill dominating the city. It can be reached from the Medieval Quarter on foot or by using an elevator from Calle Esperanza. This Gothic church dates from the 16th century and is surrounded by a large park which was given the name of Echevarria after the old steelworks which used to occupy this site and of which only a single chimney stack remains.
This building was designed by the architect Luis Aladrén, at the end of the 19th century. Eclectic in style, the formal characteristics of this building show a preoccupation for the composition of the facades and its external appearance. The predominating characteristics of this style are its overelaborate decoration and ostentation.This building is a perfect example of the late 19th century monumental eclectic style. It is one of the most emblematic buildings in Bilbao and the province of Bizkaia.It stands on the Gran Vía.
Plaza Nueva of Bilbao
Known popularly as the Plaza Nueva of Bilbao, this square is one of the most interesting neoclassical squares in the Basque Country, where this kind of monument is common: Vitoria, San Sebastián... The construction of the square came about as a result of a period of major economic expansion in which, from the end of the 18th-century, a number of different areas of the city were rebuilt.
The Arriaga theatre is located on the edge of the Medieval quarter, near the river estuary and stands in the middle of the square that gives it its name.
The Theatre is the only one of its kind and makes Bilbao a permanent venue on the international theatre circuit, something that would be impossible without a building of this quality.19th century.