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  • Started in the late 13C, building of the fortified cathedral was only properly completed in the 14C. In the Gothic style and built on the site of an initial edifice incorporated in the defensive ramparts, it underwent a huge rehabilitation project in..

  • 2 Vitoria-Gasteiz Old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Vitoria-Gasteiz has a remarkable medieval district; it is made up of little pedestrian streets, lively squares - such as the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, the nerve centre of the city - and more confined, quieter spaces, such as the Plaza del Machete, a..

  • 3 Plaza del Machete Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    del Machete

    This quiet and vast square stands behind the Arquillos, pretty arcades leading from the upper to the lower town. On the right stands the 16C Villa Suso, which now houses a conference centre.

  • 2000 saw the launch of a vast project, aimed at restoring the Gothic cathedral of Santa María. Visitors can see the works completed so far and get a close look at the pieces undergoing restoration (the itinerary varies according to the progress of th..

  • 5 Vitoria-Gasteiz Archaeological Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Cuchillería 54

    Next to the Playing Cards Museum, and housed in the modern extension of the Renaissance Bendaña Palace, the Vitoria-Gasteiz Museo de Arqueologí contains some 1 500 artefacts from digs in Álava; they cover a period from the Palaeolithic to the Middle ..

  • 6 Bibat - Playing Card Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Cuchillería 54

    The Bendaña Palace, with its fine Renaissance courtyard, houses this museum dedicated to playing cards. Félix Alfaro Fournier, grandson of the founder of the famous playing cards manufacturer, has brought together an incomparable collection of around..

  • Atrium is an important centre of contemporary art. Its aim is to shine a spotlight on art currently being made, and make it more accessible, through permanent and temporary exhibitions. It houses a magnificent collection comprising over 1 800 works b..

  • A niche outside the porch houses the colourful Virgen Blanca statue. On a late 14C doorway, the tympan shows episodes from the life of St Michael. Inside, the 17C retable over the main altar by Gregorio Fernández and, to the right, a Plateresque arch..

  • 9 Casa del Portalón

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle de Fray Zacarías Martínez owes its medieval appearance to its array of old buildings. Among them, El Portalón is a good example of a typical commercial building of the late 15C-early 16C.

  • 10 Vitoria-Gasteiz Fine Art Museum

    Museums and art

    Paseo Fray-Francisco-de-Vitoria 8

    The neo-Renaissance Augusti Palace built in the early 20C houses a collection of Spanish art from the 18C and 19C, as well as a full panorama of Basque painting (Iturrino, Regoyos, Zuloaga). One floor is devoted to the local painter Fernando de Amári..

  • 11 Museo de Armería

    Museums and art

    Paseo Fray-Francisco-de-Vitoria 3

    The collection at this museum shows the development of weapons from the prehistoric axe to the early 20C pistol. Note the 15-17C armour, 17C Japanese armour and a model of the Battle of Vitoria.

  • 12 Vitoria-Gasteiz Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art

    Museums and art

    Catedral de María Inmaculada

    The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art is located in the ambulatory skirting round the apse of the New Cathedral. It houses works belonging to the dioceses of Vitoria and Alava (Basque province). In addition to the Romanesque works with which the tour sta..

  • 13 Plaza de la Virgen Blanca

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This square is dominated by the Church of San Miguel and is the heart of Vitoria. Its façades, lit with miradores (glass verandas), surround a bulky monument to the victory of 21 June 1813 when Wellington turned back the Napoleonic forces.

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