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Catedral de Santiago, Bilbao

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Catedral de Santiago is the final destination of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient route that, during the Middle Ages, was believed to allow the faithful to halve their time in purgatory. Pilgrims still hike for weeks to reach this Cathedral, which legend tells it houses the tomb of St. James, known as Santiago in Spanish. He is thought to be responsible for spreading Christianity throughout the Iberian Peninsula. After his beheading in Jerusalem, his remains purportedly were carried to Galicia on a stone boat. The first church was constructed on the site of his tomb in the ninth century, after the hermit Pelayo saw unexplained lights in the night sky. The Romanesque church that stands there now dates back to 1075. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up an audio guide, or just download it on your phone. Gazing up at the lofty apses and intricate stained glass, and soak up the atmosphere and history of this mystical site. Plan to visit Catedral de Santiago and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bilbao attractions using our Bilbao tourist route planner.
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  • Landmark what to visit in Bilbao. Surrounded by many sites to chop or eat something it isn't too big but is well worth a visit, at least on the outside (the interior is bland).
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  • one of the most beautiful churches in Bilbao, and one of the Oldest. Its details are beautiful gothic style, set in the middle of the old town, an easy walk from other strategic venues and worth visit...  more »
  • Didn't go in on our last trip to Bilbao but this time made the effort. Stunning columns and ornate stained glass windows. There was an organ practice going on when we went ant the sound was amazing. F...  more »