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  • 1 Old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Escuelas E - 01000 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    Made up of several curving streets that surround the cathedral and are named after old trades. There are many former noblemen's houses decorated with coats of arms and this is where the church of San Pedro stands, with its interesting Gothic façade. ..

  • 2 Plaza del Machete Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. del Machete E - 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    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.

  • 3 Tour of the restoration site of Santa Maria Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    E - Vitoria-Gasteiz

    2000 saw the launch of a vast project, to be completed over 10 years, 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 ..

  • 4 Álava Playing Card Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    C/ Cuchillería 54 E - 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    The Bendaña Palace, with its fine Renaissance courtyard, houses this unusual museum. Félix Alfaro Fournier, grandson of the founder of the famous playing cards manufacturer, has brought together an incomparable collection of around 20 000 playing car..

  • 5 Artium Interesting

    Museums and art

    C/ Francia 24 E - Vitoria-Gasteiz

    Inaugurated in 2002, Artium is now acknowledged as an important museum of contemporary art. Its purpose is to bring current art to light and make it more accessible through permanent and temporary exhibitions. It houses a magnificent collection compr..

  • 6 Sta Maria Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    E - 01000 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    This 14C fortified church was initially part of the defensive ramparts. Opposite Plaza de la Burulleria which it flanks, a cluster of old homes lend a medieval allure to the street. The cathedral of priceless historic and artistic value is undergoing..

  • 7 Church of San Miguel

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Virgen Blanca E - 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    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..

  • 8 Museo de Arqueología

    Museums and art

    C/ Cuchillería 54 E - 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    This little museum contains some 1 500 artefacts from digs in Álava which cover a period from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. Note the ensembles taken from dolmens, and the Roman sculptures and steles.

  • 9 Casa del Portalón

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Correria E - 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    Housed in a typical 15C commercial building with a shop, stables and cellar, this museum contains all sorts of farm instruments and tools.

  • 10 Museo de Bellas Artes

    Museums and art

    PoFray Francisco de Vitoria 8 E - 01007 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    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 Amáric..

  • 11 Museo de Armería

    Museums and art

    Paseo Fray Francisco de Vitoria 3 E - 01007 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    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 Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art

    Museums and art

    Catedral de María Inmaculada E - Vitoria-Gasteiz

    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

    pl. de la Virgen Blanca E - 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz

    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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