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Be wary of Saint Anton, as he keeps too many secrets and can't be trusted!

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Saint Anton Church

The people of Bilbao carry this on their coat of arms.

Welcome to the church of secrets, where nothing is what it seems. Located on the banks of Bilbao’s river, Saint Anton Church is actually the church of Saint Antonio Abad, but very few people call it by its real name. This building witnessed the birth of the city. Although it was built in around 1300 (the year the city was founded), there was already a marketplace in the same location around three hundred years earlier. Every day, fishermen and other locals came to buy and sell fish and other wares at this market. The citadel was then built and, taking advantage of the market’s ruins and walls, the Cathedral was built. However, as is typical of old city monuments, numerous natural catastrophes (particularly the river bursting its banks) have left very little of the original décor. They recently discovered the remains of the first building, which are exhibited behind the altar (open to the public from Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 12:30 and 17:00 to 20:00). If you look at the city’s coat of arms, the Gothic temple is the Saint Anton Church.



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