This amazing Basque Country

This amazing Basque Country

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It is said that the Basques are one of the strangest nations. No one knows where and when they appeared in Europe. Their language (euskara) has no direct relatives anywhere in the world. Some violent heads consider them the only surviving relic left over from the pre-Indo-European era in Europe. A country where a giant spider with the poetic name "Mama" is walking around the city ...

1. So, the Basque country is an Autonomous Community in the north of Spain, the gate and largest city of which is Bilbao. You can easily get here by train from Madrid or Barcelona, ​​for example. The city was founded on the site of a fishing village, around 1300.

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2. The river Nervión flows through the whole city, and the suburbs overlook the coast of the Bay of Biscay.

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3. The river is a kind of central gallery of city attractions. For example, the center palace is the Ribera market, they say the largest in Spain. I was surprised by the cleanliness inside, as if souvenirs were selling fruits and seafood instead of vegetables.

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4. I confess at once: I liked the city.

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five.Very bright, diverse and modern center, which is home to more than 360 thousand people.

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6. With such a population, the city has its real metro (4 underground lines). In addition, nice low-floor trams run.

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7. The old town (the part that started the founding of the city in the XIV century) is compactly located on the right bank of the river Nervión, and traditionally looks like for Iberian cities: narrow, parallel, regular-shaped streets, surrounded by the perimeter of the once fortified wall ...

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8. ... several areas, the largest of which isPlaza Nueva, built in the best traditions of the Spanish royal scouts.

Plaza Nueva

9. It must be said that Bilbao is surrounded on almost all sides by high wooded hills, and this hillyness is also noticeable in the old center.

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10. Notice how much green is around. Some kind of decorative, home plants hang from almost every window and balcony. The average annual temperature of + 14 ° allows. )

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11. Another area -Plaza Santiago, located next to the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago (St. James), built in the XIV century. It is very difficult to photograph, since it is surrounded on all sides by close urban development.But you imagine how gothic cathedrals can look? ) In my opinion, nothing special, besides, for some reason it was closed.

Plaza Santiago

12.Historic old bilbao, in fact - a small-small quarter, slowly bypassing which is really half an hour ...

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13. But around him are no less interesting and ancient places.

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14. Being near the railway station building, I could not deny myself the pleasure of seeing the building from the inside. It's no secret that the railway in Spain is the main intercity transport.

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15. Opposite the railway station you can see a beautiful building.Theater Aryaga (Arriaga) - the main theatrical platform of the Basque country.

Theater Aryaga (Arriaga) - the main theatrical platform of the Basque country

16. The length of the river Nervión from its source to the Bay of Biscay is only 72 km. At the same time, tidal effects extend to 15 km from the mouth, that is, within the city limits the level of the river, depending on the season, rises or falls quite noticeably. Frequent and floods. For example, in August 1983, the water rose to the level of the second floor of the Arryaga Theater (see previous photo).

river Nervión

17. Of course, the amphitheater builds magnificent buildings of various styles ...

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18. ... and eras.

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19. Puente del Ayuntamiento drawbridge, the name translates as “City Hall Bridge”.The red building refers to the office of the municipality.

Puente del Ayuntamiento drawbridge

20.City Hallis exactly opposite. Once there was a monastery of St. Augustine, destroyed during the local wars of 1833-1840. This beautiful building was erected in 1892, and since then has served its intended purpose.

City Hall

21. The combination of old and modern appearance of city blocks and streets pleases the eye.

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22. Well, the wooded hills also delight! )

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23. The city has many elements of modern art, presented directly on city streets (like the spider "Mama" in the title photo). And here, in front of the mayor's office, is presented the “something” of the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chelido.

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24. In some places you can go down the wide stairs directly to the water, wander along the rocks.

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25. Here begins a curious, once industrial, district of the city, today filled with modern, innovative architecture of world-famous craftsmen. Suspended arched pedestrian bridge "Zubizuri", and the 83-meter tower Isozaki Atea, to which it leads, just from this series.

Suspended arched pedestrian bridge "Zubizuri",

26. Next - more!The highest bridge in the city - Puente de La Salve, and the accumulation of something cumbersome and incomprehensible, as the very origin of the Basques. )

The highest bridge in the city - Puente de La Salve

27. And also, look how nice the tram tracks look! They want to lie down and make a picnic. )

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28And behind it is the Subisuri Bridge, which has become one of the recognizable symbols of Bilbao.

Zubisuri Bridge

29. Freedom Square with peculiar monuments and figures.

Freedom Square

30. Under the bridge walks back and forth - we already know the spider "Mama" by the Franco-American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois.

spider "Mama"

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spider "Mama"

32. Nearby stands the futuristic 15-meter tower of 76 steel balls, an Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor.

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33. And again, the wonderful and inimitable embankment along which you want to walk and walk ...

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34. Lastly, look at the building of the Museum of Modern Art.Solomon Guggenheim in Bilbao! This is one of the most spectacular deconstruction buildings in the world! It is often compared with the futuristic ship of extraterrestrial origin.

Solomon Guggenheim in Bilbao

Here it is, amazing Basque Country!

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