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Basilica of Begona

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Address: Calle Virgin of Begona, 38, 48006 Bilbao, Spain
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+34 944 12 70 91

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A challenging walk

We decided to walk to the Basilica after eating a cone of chips in the Old Town. On the way up a woman was trying to tell us to hurry because the Basilica closed at eight thirty... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 September 2016
Margaret T
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It seems that the Basilica would be a beautiful place to visit. However, it closes in the afternoon!! So watch out! We walked from the Plaza Nueva to the Basilica. There are A LOT of stairs, I mean A Lot! Only to get there and find the place closed to visitors. The outside is nice.

Thank Ldeavila
Harrisburg, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

A beautiful church on a high point in Bilbao. We arrived as the 11AM mass was beginning and stayed for the mass. After we explored the church, enjoying the nativity scene, the paintings, and the architectural styles. It is definitely worth a visit.

Thank Linda S
Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Once again, amazingly beautiful architecture !!!!! Do not miss visiting here when in Bilbao. This Basilica is really something to see. Both inside and out this is truly a thing of beauty !!!

Thank HarryBeverlyHills
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We decided to walk to the Basilica after eating a cone of chips in the Old Town. On the way up a woman was trying to tell us to hurry because the Basilica closed at eight thirty. We got there just before eight on a very warm evening. On the way back we used our Barik card and caught the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Nice walk up to see the church. A pretty church with lots of paintings but not as old as other churches that I have visited in Spain. Still a very nice stop as it is easily walkable from the old section of town.

Thank Patrick G
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is quite a surprisingly plain modern looking church. You can get here on a travellator and lift from the casco Viejo metro and then follow the signs. There are good views over the town from around the church. You can go back down by a flight of steps or take the lift again. In Bilbao it is a good... More 

Thank marionvalder
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

We were taken here by a proud local man who was married here. The location is serene with wonderful views. I love the artwork inside places of worship and this basilica certainly did not disappoint. It is not the largest church but there are some vivid paintings here well worth taking your time over. Like most churches there are beggars... More 

Thank quietman70
Foster City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is a lovely church overlooking the city. We visited primarily because it is next to the Holiday Inn and at the top of a lovely walk down to the old town through lovely residential and parks

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Over near the old town. Famous Basilica with a statue of a white Madonna. Very lovely. Was led to believe there were views of central Bilbao below but unfortunately its mostly residential/appartments.

Thank delunari
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

We visited this basilica/cathedral in Semana Santa (Holy Week) and it was the walk up some 40 floors of steps that was the main attraction. The reward is magnificent views (see photographs) and a peek into past centuries.

Thank Petacat

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