Catedral del Buen Pastor de San Sebastián

San Sebastián

The dominant building of the new town is the city cathedral, overlooking a busy plaza. Built from slate and sandstone quarried from Monte Igueldo, the cathedral was consecrated in 1897 and has a 75m-high bell tower. Under the foundation stone of the cathedral is a lead box containing pictures of the Spanish royal family and the pope at the time of construction.

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1. Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea

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Set in a grand neoclassical building dating from the 1890s, this cultural centre has a packed line-up of art exhibitions, book launches, discussions and…

2. Puente de Maria Cristina

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3. Plaza de Gipuzkoa

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4. Plaza de Gipuzkoa

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5. Parque de Alderdi Eder


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6. Tabakalera

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7. Hotel Maria Cristina

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8. Ayuntamiento

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