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When we wonder about things to do in Bilbao there are two that come to mind very easily: go for pintxos and visit the Guggenheim museum, the undoubtedly great protagonist of the city.
But Bilbao is more, much more, being in constant social, economic and aesthetic revitalization, in large part since the arrival of the Guggenheim to the city.
Not in vain in 2010 he received the Lee Kuan Yew World City Award, considered the Nobel Prize for Urbanism, and awarded by the city of Singapore in collaboration with the Swedish Nobel Academy.
There are a series of sites in Bilbao that will allow us to learn more about the past of this incredible city and that many times we either ignore them or we leave them aside during our visit, but that well deserve to be explored, toured and understood.
Places of interest to see in Bilbao
Arkeologi Museoa (Archaeological Museum)
The Arkeologi Museoa is not only the reference center on the past of Bizkaia, but also the main channel for disseminating all the archaeological research carried out in the region.
Its mission is not only to preserve and restore all the material found in the territory, but also to encourage excavations.
Its permanent exhibition is relatively small but very specific, showing us in a brief tour the history of the region from the first inhabitants 100,000 years ago to the Middle Ages and Modernity.
Euskal Museoa (Basque Museum)
The Euskal Museoa is the old Ethnological Museum and since it is located right in front of the Archaeological Museum, they make your visit totally complementary in order to get a general idea of the Basque people.
In fact, its own information announces that this museum “The guiding principle of its cultural performance is the conservation and dissemination of the objects that make up its collections and that bear witness to the ways of life that the Basque people have developed over time.”.
Your visit is recommended not only for the large amount of material and information that we will find inside, which gives us a very interesting global idea about the Basque people, but also for the exterior itself, being a building that since 1962 has been an Asset of Cultural Interest ( BIC).
The museum was opened in 1921, located on the ground floor of the cloister of the old Colegio de San Andrés, which has its own history as it belonged to the Jesuits until their expulsion from Spain in 1767 by order of Carlos III.
The school and the adjacent church (Parroquia de los Santos Juanes), They were the first foundations that the Jesuits carried out in the Villa de Bilbao, and it is believed that most of the work was executed between the years 1610 and 1630, although its completion would not occur until well into the seventeenth century.
If you are interested in seeing some of his pieces, you can take a look at his online collection.
Bilboko Berreginen Museoa (Museum of Reproductions of Bilbao)
The Reproductions Museum It is another of the must-sees in Bilbao. Founded in 1927, it is one of the oldest in the city and in its collection we find, as its name suggests, reproductions of works made in the workshops of the most important European museums.
This allows him to have one of the best collections of the style in the whole world, where we find the famous Moses (Roman Workshop), the Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo (Louvre Museum), or the Altar of Zeus (Workshop of Reproductions of the Berlin Museums).
Site of the Plaza del Corazón de María
Depending on the Museum of Reproductions, the site of the Plaza del Corazón de María It is one of the most important and interesting urban sites that we find in Bilbao.
It's about the archaeological remains of the old San Francisco Convent and the Prince Don Alfonso Barracks, located in the heart of the city and whose recovery was a milestone for Bilbao due to its work, can currently be visited on a tour that covers all phases of construction, starting with the first vestiges of the Convent and reaching its demolition, which occurred in XIX century.
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