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Art Deco in Avilés (i)

Avilés had a fair amount of Art Deco buildings or at least ones showing some of the style.

This first one definitely qualifies though. I couldn’t fit it in my camera’s frame nor did the photos stitch together. The facade took up three photos :-

Deco Style Building, Avilés

Art Deco Style Building, Avilés.

Same Art Deco Style Building, Avilés.

Central doorway portion:-

Doorway Art Deco Building, Avilés.

The actual doors were half-sunburst in appearance. Portal 17-A:-

Complementary Sunburst Doorway, Avilés.

Portal 17-b. Note the reflection of the half-sunburst as compared to 17-A and tiled frieze above:-

Art Deco Sunburst Doorway, Avilés.

More Modern Avilés

Street in Avilés, cinema to right:-

Street in Avilés

More streets:-

Street Scene Avilés

Avilés Street

Modern Street, Avilés

The last above was just off a town square. On the opposite side of the square was a stadium, the Estadio Municipal Román Suárez Puerta, home of Real Avilés C F, now in the fourth tier of Spanish football but which has cahieved the dizzy heights of Tier 2 for a total of 13 seasons, but not since 1992, which was also the season they progressed their furthest ever in the Copa del Rey, Round 5:-

Estadio Municipal Roman Suarez Puerta, Avilés

A sign on the stand’s gable end says El Quirinal which I thought at the time was the stadium’s name but is in fact the street’s:-

Estadio Municipal Roman Suarez Puerta, Avilés

From (pedestrianised) square:-

Estadio Municipal Roman Suarez Puerta, Avilés

Industry in Avilés

In the Museo de la Historia Urbana de Avilés (Museum of the History of the Town of Avilés) there are many exhibits relating to the town’s seafaring and industrial past as an iron manufacturing town as well as demonstrating the town’s expansion.

The town still has industry as can be seen from this photo taken from the SS Black Watch in port:-

Industry in Avilés

There is a large window on an upper floor to the rear of the museum specially constructed to give a view of Avilés’s oldest building, the Church of Los Franciscanos (see a previous post.)

Below are two views of the same old street from different directions:-

An Old Street in Avilés

Street in Avilés

This was an old colonnaded market we stumbled across:-

Old Market Colonnades, Avilés

Avilés Maritime Statue

In a small park over the road from the pedestrian access to Avilés from the ship’s berth was a figure of Pedro Menendez de Avilés, a Spanish Admiral of the 16th century.

A Statue in Avilés

There were two lovely depictions of sailing ships, one on each side of the statue’s plinth:-

Avilés Statue Detail

Avilés Statue Second Cartouche

The other side had writing. Modelo de caballeros y patriotas su pueblo y la patria agradecidos le consagran este recuerdo año 1917. (Model of knights and patriots. His grateful people and country, consecrated in this memorial year 1917):-

Avilés Statue

More Avilés

Another Old Building, Avilés

Spanish style building:-

Typical Spanish Style Old Building, Avilés

Highly carved building:-

Old Building, Avilés, Decoration

Centre of above – the Camposagrado Palace, Avilés:-

Camposagrado Palace, Avilés

The town’s oldest building is the Church of Los Franciscanos:-

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Oldest Building in Avilés

Avilés, Asturias, Spain

The photograph below is of a colourful bridge which is the second part of the direct pedestrian access to the Centro Niemeyer from Avilés town and which we used in the afternoon. Another (curved) walkway leading to a small park (once you cross the railway and the road on shore) lies behind. We used that one to get to the town in the morning:-

Colourful Bridge, Avilés, Asturias, Spain

View of buildings in Avilés taken from the from same vantage point as the photo above. There were men precariously at work on the roof of the building which has blue sheeting on its gable! (just to left of centre of photo.):-

Avilés From Bridge to Town

Balconies were a feature of lots of buildings in Avilés. Also spot the street sculpture in the roadway below the yellow/mustard coloured building and the mural beyond:-

Balconies, Sculpture and Gable-end Mural

As we were walking through the town a local heard us speaking English and kindly directed us to an example of what is apparently a traditional kind of Asturian building. On wooden stilts! It was the only one of its kind we saw though:-

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Avilés has lots of old buildings like this church, Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari de Avilés:-

Panorama of Church

The City Hall is much more recent though:-

City Hall, Avilés

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

The first thing that strikes you as you look from a ship in dock at Avilés, Asturias, Spain, is the stunning set of Modernist buildings below which collectively make up the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre or Centro Niemeyer.

Stitch of two photos:-

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

View looking back from the walkway to the town, Reflections in the Ria de Avilés:-

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Closer View showing stylised flower sculpture:-

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, by Ria de Avilés

Dome and Auditorium (curved building):-

Detail, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Auditorium with “stick” horse:-

Close View, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Stairway and vents:-

Stairway and Vents, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés


Tower, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Dome, SS Black Watch in background:-

Dome, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

“Stick” horse detail:-

Horse Detail, Oscar Niemeyer Centre, Avilés

Stylised flowers, Avilés in background:-

Stylised Flowers, Oscar Niemeyer Centre

Dome and Tower:-

Dome and Tower, Oscar Niemeyer Centre

Flowers and Avilés:-

Niemeyer Stylised Flowers

Low rise building. (It’s multi-purpose. It seemed to house the restaurant/café):-

Low Rise Building, Oscar Niemeyer Centre, Avilés

Auditorium reverse angle:-

Curved Building, Oscar Niemeyer Centre, Avilés

Auditorium and tower:-

Curved Building and Tower

Edited to add: Actually on closer inspection that “stick” horse may be a “stick” woman.

Art Deco in Getxo +

By the riverside on our approach to the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge I spotted this beauty:-

Getxo Art Deco 1

The doorway had some fine detailing:-

Getxo Art Deco 2

This port/marina building is also in the deco/moderne style. Spot two ships’ funnels behind it:-

Art Deco, Getxo 3

Closer view. It’s like an 1930s airport tower only with porthole windows:-

Art Deco, Getxo 4

Reverse view looking back to Getxo. Those “English” buildings are prominent to the upper left. The main part of Getxo itself is off to the right:-

Art Deco, Getxo 5

There was another Fred. Olsen line ship docked at the same time as ours, the Boudicca. Both are seen here from the pier approach:-

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SS Black Watch. The bow has a very angled rake:-

SS Black Watch at Getxo

Vizcaya Transporter Bridge, Getxo

The coach trip to Bilbao had taken us through Getxo itself and given us a brief view of the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge, a UNESCO-listed Industrial Revolution icon, which carries people over the Ria Nervión between Las Arenas and Portugalete. Turning the corner of Getxo promenade takes you onto the riverside with a great view of the bridge:-

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo

Closer view:-

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo

I took a couple of videos of the bridge in operation. A gondola slung from the supports is the means of transportation. (Click on the pictures to take you to the videos.)

Vizcaya Transporter Bridge in Operation

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo in Operation

Compare the Tees Transporter Bridge at Middlesbrough.

End-on view of Vizcaya Bridge from Getxo:-

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo, End-on

Nice square and fountain as seen in above photo but this time from the bridge ramp:-

Fountain, Getxo

Getxo Monuments

In the afternoon we had a chance to take a walk around Getxo (pronounced Get-zho.)

View from jetty leading out to berthing point. The main part of Getxo itself is to the right here:-

Getxo, Biscay Province, Basque Country, Spain

This is the view off to the left:-

Vista of west Getxo

This monument to a 700th anniversary (1248-1948) is mysterious as unfortunately any other wording is no more. It lay near the junction of the main road with the one to the jetty near to the large “English” houses:-

Getxo Memorial

Getxo must have one of the longest promenades I’ve seen. I thought Kirkcaldy’s was long but Getxo’s seemed to last for ages. At the other end of it near where the Ria Bilbao meets the sea proper at Las Arenas was a Monument to Evaristo Churruca. It’s in that monolithic fascist style:-

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 1.

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 2

Getxo, Monument to Evaristo Churruca 3

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 4

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 5

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