Donostia-San Sebastián Basque Country Spain

Donostia-San Sebastián is a city and municipality located in the north of Spain, in the coast of the Bay of Biscay and 20 km away from the French border. The city is the capital of Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. Locals call themselves donostiarras, both in Spanish and Basque. The main economic activities are commerce and tourism, being one of the most famous tourism destinations in Spain. Despite the city’s small size, international events such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival have given it an international dimension. San Sebastian, along with Wroclaw, Poland, will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016.

Sights

Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus

The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus is a baroque Roman Catholic parish church and minor basilica completed in 1774. It is located in the “Parte Vieja” of the city of San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain. The main nave consists of a large space of 48 by 33 metres divided into three naves, which in turn can be divided into 4 zones having as axis the pillars of the nave. Six pillars and the walls with pillars act as a buttress supporting the vaults. The octagonal pillars reach, up to their capitals, a height of 15 metres. The central dome is 27 metres  high. At the end of the nave, on the right side, different rooms are used by the parish and other services: daily chapel, sacristy and storage rooms.

Kursaal Palace

The Kursaal Convention Center and Auditorium is a complex comprising several spaces: a great auditorium, many-use halls and exhibition halls. It was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, and is located in Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain). It opened in 1999. It consists of several spaces, including the 1,800-seat concert hall, the Palacio de Congresos-Auditorio Kursaal, and is the home of the biggest film festival in Spain, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, in existence since 1953.

  • Victoria Eugenia Theatre
  • The comb of the wind: Peine del viento sculptures of Eduardo Chillida at the foot of the Igeldo mountain
  • María Cristina Bridge

Good Shepherd Cathedral of San Sebastián

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd located in the city of San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain. It is the seat of the suffraganDiocese of San Sebastián and subordinated to the Archdiocese of Pamplona y Tudela. The most remarkable religious building of San Sebastián, it is endowed with a strong verticality and is the largest in Gipuzkoa. Its construction took place in the last years of the 19th century in a Historicist Neo-Gothic style. The church, dedicated to the Good Shepherd, has held the rank of cathedral since 1953.

The City Hall

The building was built in 1887 in the Gardens of Alderdi-Eder of San Sebastián. At the opening ceremony attended for the first time the Queen Maria Christina of Austria. It is next to Nautical Royal Club of San Sebastián. Closed as casino because the prohibition of gambling in 1924.

On April 14 of 1928 an agreement was reached to open in this building the Center of Attraction and Tourism. Later this being moved to a building next to the Hotel María Cristina.

On 20 January of 1945 the council was moved to this building. The architects Alday and Arizmendi amended the initial project in 1943 and transformed the former casino in council. Until then, the City Hall was located in the Constitution Square (Parte Vieja), now headquarters of the Municipal Library.

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