Sightseeing in San Sebastián
Calle 31 de Agosto
Having withstood the ravages of countless fires, Calle 31 de Agosto is the oldest surviving street in San Sebastián and as such the city’s most venerated. Perhaps not coincidentally, the street is book-marked by two of the city’s holiest sights, the Iglesia de Santa María del Coro and the Iglesia de San Vicente.
Santa María del Coro
Santa María del Coro was erected over Roman ruins in the 18th century. Its Baroque façade is embellished with a sculpture depicting an arrow-marked San Sebastián, the city’s patron saint. Inside, a 16th-century oil image of the city’s patroness, the Virgen del Coro, adorns the altarpiece of the basilica.
Iglesia de San Vicente
The Iglesia de San Vicente at the opposite end of the Calle 31 de Agosto is the city’s oldest church, constructed in the 16th century in a modest Gothic style. In what is known as the Romantic area of the city, built in the 19th century after the city’s walls were demolished, the 75-m (246-foot) spire of the Catedral del Buen Pastor rises high above the city. It occupies one of San Sebastián’s most fanciful plazas, shared by the Edificio de Correos and the Koldo Mitxelena cultural center, both of which date from the same period. The neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was built at the end of the 19th century when this Bella Époque neighborhood was fast developing into the in place for European high-society to congregate.
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