5 Facts about the Basílica de Santa María del Coro in San Sebastián
One of the iconic monuments in San Sebastián is undoubtedly the Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro. Located in the Parte Vieja area of the city, it is unthinkable to miss seeing this impressive cathedral, which dates back to the 18th century. Don’t miss this iconic church on your trip through Donostia! It is only a 10-minute walk from our hotel close to the Old Town, so you couldn’t have picked a better place to stay! The Basílica de Santa María del Coro is the symbol of San Sebastián. Here are 5 facts worth knowing about it.
1. The location of the Basílica de Santa María del Coro is strategic
It was built exactly in the angle formed by two streets: Mayor and Trinidad. Interestingly, if you stand in the main door of the church, you can glimpse the Catedral del Buen Pastor. The best part is that there isn’t a single obstacle to interrupt your view.
2. It’s one of the most important cathedrals in the Part Vieja district
The Basílica de Santa María del Coro is one of the major cathedrals in the Parte Vieja, along with the church of San Vicente, which dates back to the 15th century.
3. It’s considered the oldest church in San Sebastián
Although the basílica was built in the year 1750, it was built on the runs of an ancient Roman church. This is why it is considered the oldest church in San Sebastián. It is baroque in style, and even has some Gothic and Renaissance elements.
4. Every August 14th they celebrate the traditional singing of the Salve a la Virgen
On the eve of Assumption Day (August 15th), one of the most exciting parts of that festival takes place inside the catedral. En la víspera del día de la Asunción (15 de agosto), tiene lugar en el interior de la Basílica de Santa María del Coro uno de los actos más emocionantes de esta festividad. The Orfeón Donostiarra choral group gather every August 14th before a multitude of the faithful to enthrall them with their traditional Salve a la Virgen.
5. It survived the fire of 1813
On August 31st, 1813, the entire city of Donostia was burned to the ground by English troops during their battle with the French army. The whole city burned except the street that connects this church to the church of San Vicente. That street was therefore later named 31 agosto in honor of that miracle.
I hope you enjoy an unforgettable stay at our hotel in San Sebastián centre!
Do not hesitate to contact our staff if you require any information.
Elena Estomba Garín, General Manager of Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra