What to see in Bilbao
The Basilica of Begoña, located on top of a hill in Bilbao, is a sacred and revered place that attracts believers and visitors alike. Known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Begoña, this church is an important symbol of the Catholic faith in the Basque region. This was built at the beginning of the 16th century in a late Gothic style, although it also presents other architectural styles.
Its exterior stands out for its impressive renaissance style doorway in triumphal arch. The main entrance is adorned with religious sculptures and ornate details that invite visitors to explore the interior.
Upon entering the basilica, one is greeted by an atmosphere of serenity and devotion. High vaulted ceilings and stone pillars create a feeling of grandeur and solemnity. In addition, the light that filters through the stained glass windows creates a warm and spiritual atmosphere.
The most outstanding element of this religious temple is the image of the Virgin of Begoña, who is known as the “Amatxu” and the patroness saint of Bilbao. The image of the Virgin, carved in a gothic style in polychrome wood and dressed in sacred clothing, is the object of great devotion and veneration as the faithful and visitors come to the image to offer their prayers and requests.
During the first Carlist War, the baroque altarpiece present in the church disappeared, being replaced by the current one in Elizabethan style. Inside the artistic details, as well as the religious paintings and sculptures, add beauty to this sacred place.
The Basilica of Begoña is an important centre of pilgrimage and faith in Bilbao. Many believers come here in search of spiritual comfort and to honour the Virgin of Begoña in religious festivities and processions.