Construcción Vacía

Parte Vieja

At the base of Monte Urgull is Jorge Oteiza’s Construcción Vacía (Empty Space) sculpture. Oteiza (1908–2003) was a renowned painter, sculptor and writer who was born and brought up close to San Sebastián. An award winner at the 1957 São Paulo Biennale, the rust-red work looks best on a dark and stormy day or at sunset.

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1. Aquarium

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2. Monte Urgull

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You can walk to the summit of Monte Urgull (123m), topped by the low castle walls of the Castillo de la Mota and a grand statue of Christ, by taking a…

3. Museo Marítimo Vasco

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4. Casa de la Historia

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5. Castillo de la Mota

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6. Isla de Santa Clara

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7. Basílica de Santa María del Coro

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8. Real Club Náutico de San Sebastián


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