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         The beginning: A Christmas morning

Last January, we traveled to Vitoria. It was a cold, nice morning and we had a lot of fun. We visited the New Cathedral of Vitoria, The Fine Arts Museum, and some people even went to practice a little ice skating.

We also discovered three people. They were going to become very close friends to the team of Patrimonio para Jóvenes. The Bishop from Navarra, Cadena Eleta, and the architects Julian Apraiz and Javier Luque.

Ante la maqueta de la Catedral Nueva de Vitoria

       The idea

The Bishop Eleta from Navarra and the buildings made by Apraiz (some of them with Luque) are all around this area. Not far away from us.

The students María Oderiz and Marta Aparicio earned the scholarship to prepare about this interesting topic. After this, they had to present their investigation to the members of Patrimonio.

En el Banco de España

Here you have a little abstract, especially with pictures about this story.

       First, Pitillas

It´s a small village in Navarra. There is a little museum with some of the belongings from Cadena Eleta. He donated them to his village.

En el Museo de la parroquia de Pitillas

There is also this house, called “the Bishop´s house”. But actually, it was never his property. It was his sister’s house. Her name was Margarita (Daisy) and this is the reason for what you can see painted daisies on the roof . (By the way, done in a stunning ceramic).

La llamada "Casa del Obispo" en Pitillas, Navarra

     Bilbao :

We went from a small village to a big city as Bilbao. There, in one of the most important streets, Gran Via, Apraiz built the “Banco de España” (Spain Bank). In the middle of the financial area of Bilbao, it is a building whose decoration reminds us of classical antiquity.

The inside has suffered many transformations according to the times. Anyway it has the smart, majestic and cool atmosphere from the beginning of the 20th century.

It’s amazing to discover its big dome made of stained glass. It was made by the Maumejean factory, a French factory of stained glass seen several times at Apraiz’s buildings.

Cupula del Banco de España de Bilbao

I want to thank all the staff from Banco de España in Bilbao for their attention with us, especially to Ascension, who spent part of the morning with us.

Con Ascensión en el Banco de España de Bilbao

Also thanks to Obra Insignia Company, who helped us with this visit.

I suppose Apraiz was so happy and proud about the result of his job in Bilbao. Check out how ostentatious is his sign on the wall of the main entrance of the bank.

Ante la firma de Julian Apraiz en el Banco de España de Bilbao


And let’s go again to a village. Now to the area called “Rioja Alavesa” famous because of its wineries. At Laguardia, Apraiz built a hospital. Today we can only see some parts of the building. Today is a secondary school. Anyway, we could see how different is the aesthetic of this building compared to the one of the bank.

The hospital (currently a school) is located in front of a beautiful landscape. Everything thought in order to have a very healthy atmosphere for patients

It’s nice to read from newspapers of these times: The hospital was provided with all the modern advantages (from that time) such as disinfectant treatment for laundry.

Laguardia has also a great artistic heritage, as the “Santa María de los Reyes”. This is what we called “The visual universe of Apraiz”.

Santa María de los Reyes .Laguardia

With this, we want to explain that Apraiz visited himself very artistic and historical places. He knew the Gothic, before going to the “ Neo-gothic”.

    Burgos :

In this city famous because of its Cathedral and because is on the way of Saint James, Apraiz had also made history.

He took part in the restoration of the large spires of the cathedral. Maria and Marta worked on this issue. They read about what architects did at the beginning of 20 century.

We also visited the new archiepiscopal palace built again with Cadena Eleta, and Apraiz and Luque.

Detalle del balcón en la esquina del Palacio Episcopal

We also thank to the municipal archives of Burgos, who helped us a lot when looking for information and documents.


Thanks to the family Apraiz who received us in Vitoria at the end of this job. It was so nice to meet his grandson and great grandson. Here they are, with Marta and María.


En el estudio del arquitecto Mikel Apraiz


         At Mencos Palace

At the end of September, Marta and Maria gave an informal chat about this trip in Tafalla (Navarra) at the Mencos Palace. Here you have some moments of this day and the very nice meeting we had.

En el Palacio de Los Mencos

En la entrada al Palacio de Los Mencos

Art and heritage are a great excuse to make new friends.


Pitillas, A Small Village With Great Surprises

                    The End As The Beginning


Here is the last post of the academic course 16/17. The opening of the 2017 was with a post about the amazing building of Augustin Zulueta residence, today, the Alava Museum of Fine Arts. There we discovered a history, two architects, Apraiz and Luque.

Apraiz has worked in such different places such as the city of Bilbao or the village I present to you today: Pitillas, at the south area of Navarra, in the area called “La Ribera de Navarra”.

Pitillas is well known by people keen on taking pictures of landscapes (it has its own lake and the observatory of birds), but perhaps people don’t know a fact; part of the stone at the New Vitoria Cathedral is from this village. Pitillas has a very special stone in his area.

                Apraiz, Luque and Cadena Eleta

Apraiz and Luque became famous because of Cadena Eleta. Bishop of the city of Vitoria, cultured and patroness. Cadena Eleta was the prime mover of the new cathedral of Vitoria. A lot of architects presented their projects, but Apraiz and Luque won. So it was the beginning of a friendship that would last a long time.

Cadena Eleta was from Pitillas. He gave as present to his village some of his belongings such as the insignia.

Today, thanks to Sagrario Anaut and her relatives, Pitillas has a small but amazing museum. She received us with a great courtesy and we enjoyed the exhibition in a very familiar atmosphere.

            An anecdote came across


During the visit, I took the picture of the lock of a chest. The one in which the insignia from Cadena Eleta, arrived. It was written: Eagle Lock Company Terryville.

Back home, I looked for in on the internet and this is what I found

Then I kept in touch with Judy Giguere, from Connecticut, and she sent this image from the factory. Well… has not a lot to do with the architects, even with the bishop, but it is funny how this kind of connection between a small village in the States and a small village in Spain

              Coming back to Apraiz

The history of this architect is so interesting, that a Patrimonio para Jovenes created a kind of scholarship for research about his work.

Maria Oderiz and Marta Aparicio are travelling, and also reading, around the places where we can find his buildings.

Bilbao, Laguardia, Pitillas, Burgos, and of course, Vitoria, are in their tour.

In Bilbao, we had the help of the enterprise Obra Insignia. And I want to thank here Amaya Alonso for her kind attention to patrimonio para jovenes since the beginning of the project.

               A pretty house in Pitillas


Due to the friendship between Cadena Eleta, and Apraiz /Luque, they built a house in the village of Pitillas. As a relative of Cadena Eleta explained to us, this was not a house “for the bishop” but for Margarita, the bishop’s sister. This is the reason why the roof has daisies as decoration. The red color is inspired in a story of sadness and blood. It will remain a mystery for us since we didn’t get any explanation. I have no idea what could it be…

Mr. Jose Ramon Remacha, one of the current owners of the house, received us with kindness and explained that the house can not be visited inside. But everybody can enjoy the view of the garden, the roofs and balconies, the ornaments, the shapes. And the stairs, are a small version from the great one in Vitoria.

Then we had a nice lunch with the Remacha family, and as a present, we gave them the association memory as well as a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Remacha.

The course is over, as well as the blog. Coming back in September, follow patrimonio para jovenes on social nets, visit Pitillas if you come to Navarra, and enjoy the summer!