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Santa María Cathedral Virgen Blanca Square Basque Parliament Florida Park New Cathedral Provincial Council of Álava Europa Green Route

Basque Parliament

The main entrance to the parliament building is in Florida Park. This entrance leads to a hall where you can observe the light streaming through the windows, reflecting on the marble from the Duranguesado quarries, on the glass, on the white walls, and on the gilded aluminium.

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Virgen Blanca Square

This square used to be the marketplace in medieval times and was renamed in 1901 in honour of the patron saint. It has been renovated recently to make it larger. In the centre, you can view the monument (by Gabrel Borrás) to the Battle of Vitoria against Napoleon's troops. For centuries this was - and still is - the main meeting place in the city.

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Santa María Cathedral

EA 13th-century Gothic temple. A visit to the restoration work is highly desirable. Santa María Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, stands on the ruins of a primitive church in the town of Gasteiz. It was used as a fortress to defend the city (which explains its walls, which are up to 20 metres high). The building has been altered many times over the years. Now, the restoration work can be visited and you can also walk along its medieval corridors, the parapet walk, and the suspended walkways.

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New Cathedral

The Cathedral of Mary Immaculate or the New Cathedral is the most significant Neo-Gothic building in Vitoria-Gasteiz. It stands opposite Florida Park. The initial construction project dates from 1907. The cathedral’s ambulatory houses the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Alava.

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Florida Park

This is the most emblematic garden in the city and is located in the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz. La Florida was planned as a great romantic botanical garden, in the style of 19th-century French gardens. It features hundred-year-old trees of 95 different species. There is also a pond, a grotto, a music kiosk, and bars.

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Provincial Council of Álava

Designed by the Vitorian architect, Martín Saracíbar, this building was erected in two phases between 1833 and 1858. It is a building made of ashlar stone. The main body is quadrangular. The building is quite sober except for the ornamentation on the pediments of the balconies. It is noted for its staircase and the atrium with large columns.

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Europa

The Europa Palace in Vitoria-Gasteiz is a spacious, modern, versatile, and comfortable building that, after its full renovation, has become an example of sustainable architecture. The centre can now accommodate more than 20 working groups at the same time and has a functional capacity four times greater than the original building (from 1,499 to 5,700 people).

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Green Route

The Green Belt of Vitoria-Gasteiz is the result of an ambitious environmental recovery plan affecting the periphery of the city, which basically seeks to recover the ecological and social value of this area by creating a continuous natural belt around the city based on several enclaves with a significant ecological and landscape value.

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