Bilbao and the Basque Country Sights

Plaza Miguel de Unamuno

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Updated 03/12/2014

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Named for Bilbao's all-time greatest intellectual, figure of fame and fable throughout Spain and beyond, this bright and open space at the upper edge of the Casco Viejo honors Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936)—a philosopher, novelist, professor, and wit, as well as a man of character and temperament. De Unamuno wrote some of Spain's most seminal works, including Del sentimiento trágico de la vida en los hombres y los pueblos (The Tragic Sense of Life in Men and Nations); his Niebla (Mist) has been generally accepted as the first existentialist novel, published in 1914 when Jean-Paul Sartre was but nine years old. Remembrances to Unamuno in the Casco Viejo include the philosopher's bust here, his birthplace at No. 7 Calle de la Cruz, and the nearby Filatelia Unamuno, a rare stamp emporium that is a favorite of collectors.

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Bilbao, Vizcaya, 48005, Spain

Updated 03/12/2014


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