Sacred Art in Bizkaia

Hermitages of Bizkaia

The Way of St. James:
The hermitages

The Coastal Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostela as it passes through Bizkaia invites us to enjoy impressive landscapes and historic buildings, many of them of a religious nature.

The hermitages, in many cases located off the main roads, become the discreet protagonists of this unalterable landscape. They have seen hundreds of pilgrims pass by them, sheltering them from the rain or protecting their sleep.

A place of pilgrimage, of celebration of popular pilgrimages or simply a meeting point for the people of the parish.

In short, part of the history of its surroundings.

The Way of St. James:
The churches

Rural villages and towns surprise us with their numerous monumental buildings. And the churches are always the main protagonists.

Here we visit the churches on the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago that are classified as monumental, temples that are attractive for their history and for the artistic wealth that they preserve in their interiors.

A box of surprises waiting to be opened.

Altarpieces of Biscay

Monumental altarpieces

42 altarpieces have been declared monuments because of their uniqueness, interest and representativeness. They are complex works of art in which architecture, sculpture and painting form a whole.

Mirrors of the religious mentality of each period, they open up the possibility of learning more about that society, its economy, its artistic tastes… they take us back to a way of life and a way of feeling that is alien to our days.