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"Go to the Circular Square" Bilbao Things to Do Tip by DanielF

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At the end of Navarra Street, you will reach the Circular Square, with a statue of don Diego López de Haro at its centre, a work by Marià Benlliure, the best Spanish sculptor of the 19th century. This sculpture was originally placed in the New Square.

The Circular Square is surrounded by several bank buildings, among which the headquarters of the BBVA bank is the most impressive. This skyscraper erected in 1969 by Enrique Casanueva, Jaime Torres and José Manuel Chapa is still, with 85 metres, the highest building in Bilbao (and second highest in the Basque Country). A new building is, however, being erected in the Abandoibarra area which, when completed, will almost double its height. The Banco de Vizcaya was the owner of the building until it merged with Banco de Bilbao, creating the BBV in 1988. In the year 2000 the BBV merged with Argentaria, creating BBVA, which is the second largest bank in Spain in terms of assets. The building can be seen from everywhere in the city and changes in colour as the night falls over the city.

The Plaza Circular is the starting point for several of the main arteries of Bilbao: the Gran Vía, de prestige avenue in the Ensanche, the Hurtado de Amézaga Street, which leads to Plaza Zabálburu, and the Buenos Aires Streets, which leads to the City Hall Bridge.

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  • Updated Dec 4, 2007
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