Monuments and sculptures

Monuments and sculptures

Stone and iron

Gipuzkoa is a land of monuments and great sculptors, artists who knew better than anyone else how to mould the elements of nature: iron, stone, water and fire.

These geniuses knew how to transform the concept of reality, offering us a new vision of space, light and shadows. The 1960s saw the creation of 'Gaur' ('today' in Basque), a movement spearheaded by Jorge Oteiza, along with other artists, to promote the role of art in society. As a result, Gipuzkoa today is a veritable open-air museum. Exceptional large-scale sculptures can be found in the streets and squares across our towns and cities.

Hondalea
Treasure Island
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Comb of the Wind
A classic stop in San Sebastian. Comb of the Wind by Eduardo Chillida is a perfect fusion of art and landscape.
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Empty construction
The artistic gem stands defiantly over the sea on San Sebastian's Paseo Nuevo.
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Sancti Spiriti University
Sanci Spiritus University in Oñati is a Renaissance monument and the first university in the Basque Country.
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Door of the Arantzazu Basilica
In August 1950, the first stone was laid for the new basilica of Arantzazu.
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Oteiza pelota courts
One of Oteiza's dreams was brought to life in Azkoitia: to experiment with empty spaces in the world of Basque pelota.
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Fort of San Marcos
A 19th-century military construction built for defensive purposes.
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Lili palace
This magnificent example of medieval architecture can be found in the town of Zestoa.
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Basozabal palace
The Basozabal palace is a beautiful fifteenth-century palacio on Calle Enparan in the centre of Azpeitia.
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Arrietakua Palace
Take a tour of the maritime history of the Basque coast in this magnificent late seventeenth-century palacio in the historical quarter of Mutriku.
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Santa Elena Necropolis
The chapel of Santa Elena (also known as Ama Xantalen) stands close to the old quarter of Irun, on the banks of the River Estebenea.
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Atauts
The name Atauts comes from 'ate' + 'huts' ('empty' + 'door' in Basque).
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Lizardiren lehioa
This steel sculpture made by Chillida as a tribute to the poet Xabier Lizardi stands outside Palacio Aramburu in Tolosa.
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Homage to Fleming
Enjoy spectacular views from this sculpture of one of the loveliest bays in the world.
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The Peace Cross
The cross was carved from a piece of alabaster weighing 800 kg.
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The dove of peace
This work by Gipuzkoan sculptor Nestor Basterretxea, charged with symbolism, stands on the Sagues sea front.
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Besarkada
A friend's embrace, re-conciliation and understanding are part of the universal language of art.
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'Zinbaue' Sculpture by Nestor Basterretxea
The sculpture, designed by Néstor Basterretxea, is located in Arma Plaza (Hondarribia) and was unveiled on 5 September 2014.
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