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The Guggenheim Museum is probably Bilbao's top attraction. It is situated on the bank of the Nervión River.


The Guggenheim Museum is designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry, it is one of the most celebrated buildings of the 1990s. It is made like a sculpture, with curved and bend forms covered in titanium, and has no concrete shape. The museum exhibits the artwork of both contemporary Spanish and international artists.

Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Art) has a remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects, and is recognized as one of Spains finest art museums. Among other museums in Bilbao are the Euskal Museoa (The Basque Museum). focusing on the prehistory, archeology, ethnography and history of the Basque Country, and La Ria Maritime Museum, which covers an area of 27,000 sq. meters, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions including three docks.

Cathedral of Santiago is a Gothic style 14th century cathedral, named after Bilbao's official patron saint. Basílica de Begoña, built in the 16th century, is perhaps the most symbolic religious building in the city. Iglesia de San Antón is a Gothic style church from the first half of the 15th century. The church was constructed on the ruins of a former alcazar, and is shown on Bilbao's shield.

Casco Viejo (old town) in the outskirts of Bilbao is very interesting. It treasures beautiful places. It has one monumental square called Plaza Nueva. It is considered as a most beautiful ancient piece of architecture and on each Sunday, the square becomes the place of a flea market and is full of stalls.

In Bilbao there are many places for shopping. Mercado de La Ribera is a market for fresh products in Bilbao. It is considered as the biggest market of its kind in Spain. For the interesting and unique items, Safiartx can be visited. Centro Comercial Max Center is a big shopping mall in Bilbao, which contains around 150 shops.



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