In Bilbao there are many lovely buildings spanning across the entire city. It makes you feel like you’re in a museum of historical architecture. When you look beneath your feet it will make you realize that there has been millions of people before you who helped shape this majestic city. When it comes to the size of the city it is one of the biggest cities on the north side of Spain.

 One of the most impressive parts of Bilbao is the building Guggenheim Museum the building is known as on of the most impressive and complicated building built in Spain in the 20th century. It offers a kind eye to aspiring architects, and admirers to the arts. The Museum was design by a Canadian architect named Frank Gehry. Gehry design was selected out of several other architect’s designs. The design ended up being introduced by Juan Carlos I who was the king of Spain at the time. There are segments of different time periods throughout the city. The structures that still stand range from the medieval times to modern day.

Bilbao started out as a small town that settled along the river around 1300. In the medieval times people built there home with thin spaces between every build which was used to prevent flooding, the thin line is known as Gullies. On of the most interesting parts of magical city is the Casco Viejo. It refers to seven different ally ways that are connected and they form a massive neighborhood. Within these roads there is a market where people sell wide assortments of foods & materials. The market is called Mercado de la Ribera, it was constructed along the right side of the river.

The building that currently covers the market was built in the late 1920s and has earned an impressive reputation due to the size of it. The building is around 10,000 square feet with over 100 venders inside. Back in the 1980s there was flood that caused a serious amount of damage to the building, however there were repairs that fixed the issues that caused the damage.

Mercado de la Ribera

With Bilbao being located along side the river it has allowed it to be able to transport goods a lot faster. A positive side about this that through the 19th & 20th Centuries it caused the market Mercado de la Ribera to flood in many new types for fruits, vegetables and meats into the city which helped create the delicacies in Bilbao. An interesting part of the location on the city is that the Bay of Biscay which was a massive area for ships to travel to from around the world.

If you are to study abroad Bilbao is the place to go! From a wide mix of different culture to architecture that dates back multiple centuries. You will always find something new and fascinating with in the city, the museum will capture you with its beauty inside & out. At the market you will find many types of food to material with a touch inspiration at every vendor.

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