Fodor's Expert Review Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Begoña

Bilbao Religious Building/Site/Shrine
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Bilbao's most cherished religious sanctuary, dedicated to the patron saint of Vizcaya, was begun in 1519 on the site of an early hermitage where the Virgin Mary was alleged to have appeared. The basilica was completed in 1620 with the economic support of dozens of shipbuilders and merchants, whose businesses are commemorated on the inner walls of the church. The high ground the basilica occupies was strategically important during the Carlist Wars of 1836 and 1873, and as a result La Begoña suffered significant damage that was not restored until the beginning of the 20th century.

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Calle Virgen de Begoña 38
Bilbao, Basque Country  48006, Spain

94-412–7091

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