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Guggenheim Museum, Spain

From series “Top 16 Most Amazing Buildings of the Planet”
Year: 1997.

In the Spanish city of Bilbao is one of the most remarkable buildings in the world, the site of the world famous Guggenheim Museum. The huge building of the abstract form was built on the banks of the Nervión River and preserves the valuable collection of the works of Solomon Guggenheim. Some of the museum rooms are used for the exhibitions on which the modern painters present their paintings.

Guggenheim Museum, Spain The author of the building project is the American architect Frank Gary, who has realized the unique project at the shortest deadlines. The museum was opened in 1997. According to the author's idea, imitating the huge building 'the ship of the future'. Some of his contemporaries compare his unusual form with the rosebud and even with the huge artichoke. The important component of the architectural complex is the enormous spinning sculpture, designed by Luisa Bourjois, on its territory.

The impressive construction of a deconstructivism has made the tiny Spanish town famous all over the world. Tourists from all over the world come here to graze on the unusual buildings and masterpieces exhibited in them. Today one can hardly imagine that the banks of the great Nervion river, where the museum is now situated, looked extremely oppressive just a few years ago. Here there was nothing but dark storage, the railroad tracks and the desolate landscapes. Next - House Attack


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Guggenheim Museum - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Cajero automatico La Caixa' located in 0.21 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Sixt rent a car' is located in 0.37 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Garaje San Mames' in 1.25 km
Supermarket: 'Hey!' in 0.19 km
Parking: 'Aparcamiento Plaza Euskadi' in 0.31 km
Apotheek: 'Ana Luisa Axpe Izarra' in 0.17 km
Police station: 'Guardia Civil Guardia Civil Puesto de Bilbao' in 0.37 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Restaurante Guggenheim Bilbao' in 0.02 km
Railway station: 'Guggenheim' in 0.2 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Bilbao Airport BIO - in 4 km
 »  Vitoria Airport VIT - in 46 km
 »  Santander Airport SDR - in 73 km
 »  San Sebastian Airport EAS - in 92 km
 »  Agoncillo Airport RJL - in 103 km
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Best hotels near Guggenheim Museum

Hostal Central

Located in 0 km from Guggenheim Museum
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Rooms: 8
Fitted with wooden flooring, each room boasts a modern and functional décor. It comes with flat-screen TV, central heating and a coffee machine. … More: photo, rates and booking
Tenderia Apartment Bilbo Bilbao

Located in 1 km from Guggenheim Museum
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Rooms: 1
This 2-room apartment (32 m2, on 1st floor), is fully renovated and features living/dining room with 1 sofa bed, TV, radio, CD-player, DVD and … More: photo, rates and booking
Bilbao Aterpetxea Hostel

Located in 2 km from Guggenheim Museum
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Rooms: 50
Each modern room and dorm at Bilbao Aterpetxea Hostel has heating, a desk and a private or shared bathroom. All accommodation offers views of Bilbao. … More: photo, rates and booking
BBK Bilbao Good Hostel

Located in 3 km from Guggenheim Museum
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Rooms: 104
Bright dormitory rooms BBK Bilbao Good Hostel are all adapted for disabled guests. Each bunk bed has an individual locker, light and plug, while … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao

The most famous monument of the city is located on its central square. The monument depicts Don Diego de Haro - the founder of Bilbao. According to historical data, the city on the bank of the Nervión River was founded in 1300. Starting from first days Bilbao has been distinguished by the atmosphere of cordiality and happiness. Even nowadays, seven centuries later, you can feel this atmosphere and unique spirit of the city. There are also various remarkable religious sites in the city. The church of Santiago is definitely one of them. The construction of the cathedral was started in the beginning of the 14th century, only several years after the founding of the city. Today the beautiful cathedral is known as the oldest building in Bilbao. The church has almost never been rebuilt or remade during its long history. The locals say that the church is distinguished by a truly unique and mystical atmosphere that reigns there. The bridge of San Anton is surely the most striking monument that belongs to the Middle Ages. The beautiful bridge unites two banks of the river. This construction has been preserved in almost original form till our days, so every traveler is surely recommended to visit this sight of architectural art.

Art connoisseurs will surely enjoy visiting the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, which exhibits a large collection of paintings by famous painters from the Middle Ages. A separate hall of the hotel is the location of a separate gallery dedicated to artists of the 20th century. The museum has already become a permanent venue for various exhibitions. This is the reason why visitors of the museum can see not only old masterpieces, but also works of contemporary masters. Guggenheim Museum is definitely a no less attractive cultural institution. The exposition of the museum provides visitors with a rich collection of works of contemporary sculptors and artists. The building, which houses a museum, is also considered one of the main architectural attractions of the city. The shape of the building resembles a ship. The plan for this unusual construction was designed by the means of computer.
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