One of the city’s notable buildings is the 19th-century Santa María Magdalena Parish Church, although no part of its original structure remains standing. On the altar is an expressive sculpture of Santa María Magdalena, a 1705 work by Nicólas Teite which curiously depicts the saint nude from the waist up. In the church there is also a funeral stele with a sarcophagus which, according to legend, contains the remains of Infante Ordoño of Asturias, the son of Alfonso III the Great and heir to the throne of León, who died in the Battle of Padura. Interestingly, in 1920 the Salón Festivo was opened in the east wing of the church, becoming one of the first movie theaters in Biscay.
San Pedro de Abrisqueta Shrine is possibly the oldest shrine in Biscay; although the current building dates back to the 11th or 12th century, there are several elements that indicate an even earlier origin. On the doorpost of the main entrance there is a decorative motif that may be attributed to the Visigoths, and pre-Roman fragments can be seen on the stained glass window in the apse. Also on the south wall, above a rounded arch, there are remains of Roman funeral steles which were repurposed as construction materials, as was common practice in the Middle Ages.
Santo Cristo de Landaederraga Shrine, which dates from 1655 although it has undergone several renovations since then, is notable for the austerity of its decoration and especially for the sculpture of Jesus on the cross which is housed inside.
When it comes to Arrigorriaga’s civil assets, the town hall stands out and is the result of several renovations. In 1940, the original 1777 building was fodder for the great fire which also wiped out most of the town archives. The most recent renovation was undertaken in 2011, giving the town hall a more modern appearance.
Moyordín Bridge, today surrounded by a beautiful wooded area, was a strategic bridge that in the 19th century served as the stage for two battles between the liberals and the Carlists, whose defeat of Arrigorriaga was a stepping stone to the sieges that ultimately allowed them to capture Bilbao.
For travelers with curiosity and time to spend, there’s a lot to see in Arrigorriaga. We recommend the tour called “El Secreto de las Piedras Rojas” (“the Secret of the Red Stones”) which is organized by the town. On this free cultural tour, lasting an hour and a half, a written guide will take you on a walking tour of the town’s most significant historical events, customs, and places. The route begins in an old school building in Plaza de Arrigorriaga.