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Walking to the left side of the Church of San Nicholas, we pass along a narrow street- looking ahead there is a strange looking construction raised above the buildings, I was quite curious to find out what this was - it seemed as if it would have been more at home in a post World War 2 Eastern European country
Further along La Esperanza street, is the entrance to the Begoña elevator. This was constructed in 1949 by the architect Rafael Frontan, as a means of easier access from the lower streets of the Casco Viejo, to the upper district of Begona about 45 metres above..
This is one way to get to the Basilica of the Virgin of Begoña, or Etxebarria Park. (The park is seen as a sign of the city's transformation from the industrial past to a modern centre for leisure. This was the former sight of a metallurgy factory. The Iron and Brick chimney remains as an historical reminder)
2 lifts (elevators) speed you up and down. There is no view during the short ride, but the elevator conductors play music on their radios. I purchased a single ticket for 0.40 Euros (The web site tarriff is a bit out of date) You can also purchase a book of 10 or 30 tickets.
After viewing Bilbao from above its rooftops, taking photos and a couple of short videos, and enjoying a short stroll, I returned to the lift. You ring a bell on the wall to call the lift. Again, I paid my 0.40 Euro for the short drop to street level.
I enjoyed my lift experience, for the novelty value, though I can understand why there has been local objection to the lack of updating/ repair and maintenance work. The lifts are very small, which would probably make wheelchair access difficult.
There are other lifts in Bilbao ; Arangoiti, La Salve, Mallona, Solokoetxe, Zumalakarregi and Ereaga.
Address: Calle de la Esperanza 6 Bilbao, Spain
Directions: Casco Viejo
othercontact: fax:+34 94 475 0021
Phone: +34 94 476 6150
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