Religious buildings - Tourism in Vitoria-Gasteiz
A cathedral which is immersed in a passionate restoration process, Gothic churches which have become the symbol of the city or a co-cathedral of impressive proportions. These are a few of the temples that can be found in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Next to the Santa Maria Cathedral, the towers of the churches of San Miguel, San Vicente and San Pedro make up the profile of four towers, the city's best-known silhouette.
Santa María Cathedral
The Abierto por obras (Open for Works) programme takes us on a journey through time. Drawing upon its restoration work, we can get to know its origins (the first Santa María temple, in the Romanesque style and attached to the wall) and the work being carried out to reinforce the current Gothic cathedral in the 21st century.
Church of San Vicente Mártir
This was the last church to be constructed in the Medieval Quarter, but its origins are earlier. One of its most outstanding features is the wooden latticework above the naves, in the shape of an upturned ship.
Church of San Miguel Arcángel
It overlooks the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and Celedón descends from its tower, the person who marks the beginning and the end of the Vitoria-Gasteiz festivals. Worth noting, among other things, is the main altarpiece or the Chapel of the Virgen Blanca, the city's patron saint.
Church of San Pedro Apóstol
It was built attached to the city's lower wall, therefore it also served a defensive role. The old façade (in Calle Herrería) is one of the Basque Country's most outstanding sculptural collections.
Other areas of the city
The New Cathedral, in the Ensanche, or the Basilica of San Prudencio, in Armentia, are other temples which the city counts among its highlights.
Cathedral of María Inmaculada (New Cathedral) and the Diocesan Sacred Art Museum
Of neo-Gothic style, its construction began in 1907 and it was inaugurated in 1969. The ambulatory is home to the Diocesan Sacred Art Museum and there is a plan to place a crucified Christ by Antonio López next to the alter, which will be his first religious work.
Basilica of San Prudencio de Armentia
One of the most emblematic Romanesquetemples in Álava, situated just 3 kilometres from the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz. References from the Early Middle Ages highlight it as the most significant spiritual centre in the region.
More religious buildings
Other temples which are full of history are the Convent of San Antonio (in Plaza del General Loma), the Conventof Santa Cruz (in Calle Pintorería, 78-94) or the Church of San Vicente de Arriaga (in Calle Voluntaria Entrega, 50), with a tower designed by one of the most celebrated architects in the history of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Justo Antonio de Olaguibel.
Near the city centre
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz and the Álava Romanesque Interpretation Centre
Just 11 kilometres from Vitoria-Gasteiz, this Romanesque temple is considered a jewel of Basque artistic heritage. In the same place, you can also visit the Álava Romanesque Interpretation Centre.
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