Gernika Assembly Hall

Gernika, meeting place for the peoples of Bizkaia

For centuries Gernika has been the meeting place for the peoples of Bizkaia. In olden times, each parish sent its representatives to discuss the common problems of the Territory. These meetings were held under the Tree of Gernika and were called the General assemblies of Bizkaia. These lasted until 1876, when the old laws which governed life in Bizkaia, the Fueros, were abolished.

After being suspended for 102 years, the General Assemblies were recovered and reinstated in 1979. Thus, the second stage in the life of this territorial institution begins. Different building had been erected around the Tree of Gernika before 1826, when construction of the current Meeting House commenced.

The Assembly House and the Tree of Gernika are presented to us like living symbols of the history of the Basque people. Headquarters of the highest institutional body in Bizkaia, the building rises beside the revered oak tree, a meeting point for all the territories in the Basque Country, united by a single cultural and ethnographic tradition that transcends all kinds of political frontiers.>

THE TREE OF GERNIKA

THE TREE OF GERNIKA

The tree that provided shelter or shade for the early Assemblies of the Seigniory of Bizkaia has become, in time, the symbol of the permanence of a nation and its institutions against the historical ups.

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THE ASSEMBLY CHAMBER

THE ASSEMBLY CHAMBER

This is the very heart of the Assembly House, the Casa de Juntas, where the Plenary Meetings of the Gen.eral Assemblies of Bizkaia are held

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THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOW ROOM

The symbolism of the Tree, as the meeting point for the different towns in Bizkaia, can be seen in the stained-glass window.

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THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOW ROOM

THE ENTRANCE TO DE ASSEMBLY HOUSE

Access the virtual tour of the Guernica Assembly Hall and discover its beauty and history in a quick, simple and original manner.

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THE ENTRANCE TO DE ASSEMBLY HOUSE