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      St Nicholas Church
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Leaving the park, we come to the landmark church of San Nicolas.

This area of the city was once inhabited mainly by the fishermen and their families.

A small hermitage had once stood between the river and this area, and was dedicated to Saint Nicolas de Bari, who is the patron saint of sailors.

A church was later built by Ignacio de Ibero y Erkizia( in 1743) on this present site, which was inaugurated in 1756. Funds had been raised for the building by the people of Bilbao, and it was dedicated to St Nicholas.

I'm afraid that this church was closed at the time of my visit. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the Baroque style in Vizcaya

Apparently the interior is octagonal in shape. The altarpieces and sculptures by Juan de Mena (of Madrid's Spanish Academy) are considered 'must see's'.

The main doorway has a bas relief of the city coat of arms, and a bronze scene including St Nicholas (pic 2)

.Visiting hours:
Mon-Sat, 10:30-13:00 and 17:30-19:30

Address: Plazuela San Nicolás, 1
Directions: METRO- Casco Viejo
Phone: 94 416 34 24

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  • Updated Dec 16, 2009
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