There is a lot to see in Marquina, as it is an attractive municipality from an artistic and historical point of view. The obvious medieval influence in the urban planning of the town allows us to see the numerous cases of architectural value, most of which can be found in the town’s three main streets: Guen Kale, Erdiko Kale, and Okerra Kale. There is also some worthwhile architecture on the perpendicular street, Zear Kale. The interest in this street comes from the fact that the Camino de Santiago passed through it as well as the proliferation of luxury real estate that happened during the modern era. The most iconic building is the Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, which originally belonged to the monastery called Santa María de Xemeingan. It is a 16th century temple that could be considered one of the most important from Bizkaia and has also been declared a National Monument. There you will find the original bell tower, which is a popular attraction in the town. Its main altarpiece, designed using a mannerist style, depicts the childhood and passion of Christ. Attached to the church you will find another must-see in Marquina, the Cemetery of Marquina-Jeméin(1851), made by Mariano de Lascuráin and declared National Monument of the Basque Country. The cemetery is in order based on a neoclassical design, which was influenced by the Neogreeks and Neoegyptians, a perfect example of illustrated thoughts. The mausoleum of José María Munibe, who was the Count of Peñaflorida, also stands out as an important place to visit.
In the center of the old quarters you will find the Old City Council, a 17th century building with a large porch supported by eight baroque columns, not including the clock tower. The current Town Hall is located in the Solariekua Palace or Mugartegui Palace and was built in the 17th century on top of the old medieval wall of the valley. Its facade features a large shield and a wide eave. From the same time period, you should definitely visit the Murga Palace (17th century), housed the Bidarte Tower. Nearby, you will also find Patrokua Palace and the Gaytán de Ayala Palace, residence of the Barroeta lineage during the 18th century. The Palace was reformed in the 20th century. It now houses the Tourism Office, among other services.
In the Goiko portal, in front of the current City Council, you will find El Carmen’s Convent and Castle, which was founded in 1691, although not finished until 1724. The temple has three naves and a quadrangular bell tower. On one of the facades, you will see an image of the Virgin of Carmen and the shield of the Carmelitas. The monastery consists of a two-story cluster, which now serves as headquarters to a shelter.
Convento e Iglesia del Carmen
Outside of the city you will find the Urberuaga de Alzola Balneary, which is currently in ruins. Constructed in 1847, it was formed out of two large buildings that included a hotel, bathroom gallery, and dining rooms. The center closed its doors for lack of clients, although its spring water continues to be bottled.
In the surround towns, you will find Bolibar, where you can visit the Museo de Simón Bolívar, an interpretation center that is located in the Errementarikua workers’ house, which was linked to the Bolivar family.