Plaza del Machete - Tourism in Vitoria-Gasteiz


Long ago this was the boundary of the medieval town. It owes its name to the fact that the Vitoria machete, on which city councillors would be sworn into their positions, used to be kept in a niche in the apse of San Miguel church. It was also known as the “Justice Square” since it was here that people were sentenced to death by garrotte.


  1. Read the tombstone and look at the replica of the machete which hang on the walls of San Miguel Church.
  2. Take a look at the handsome Villa Suso Palace, completed in 1542.
  3. Enjoy the square’s regular markets and fairs, as well as its restaurants and taverns.


Plaza del Machete, 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz.

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