Next to the stadium is the House of Mercy, which was one of the largest orphanages in Europe and keeps two secrets about Iñaki's football team: the name of their stadium, formerly known as the House and Convent Saint Mames, and the nickname 'Lions' for their players, because of a statue of the martyr child Saint Mames, supported by a small lion.
Also close to the Gran Via, two similar yet opposite points of the city are located. On the one hand, and through Maximo Aguirre Street, the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao that houses collections of a wide variety of art forms from the 13th century to the present, and at its surroundings, the Doña Casilda Iturrizar Park, invites a leisurely stroll through a beautiful green area that sometimes goes unnoticed, and on the other hand, through the parallel Iparraguirre Street, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, modern icon of the city and contemporary art museum designed by Canadian Frank O. Gehry in 1997 and that owns its popularity, apart from its name itself, to its original boat shape and bright panels that resemble fish scales and are photographed by thousands of tourists every day. These two are the most important museums in the city, but it is possible that the popularity of the more modern one has left in the shade the Museum of Fine Arts and yet both deserve a long visit to be admired. In the forecourt of the Guggenheim we can find the Puppy Dog statue of Jeff Koons, full of plants and flowers, and the famous spider Maman by Louise Bourgeois.
Iñaki looks at his watch again, the morning is now at its last moments and it is time for us to put into practice the theory that has been given to us by our friend. So, with the excitement of knowing that a city full of stone flowers awaits with all its secrets to be discovered, our friend Iñaki leaves us until a future meeting and we began our journey through the streets full of history and nostalgia of this ancient villa.