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Bilbao La Vieja (Old Bilbao) is the oldest neighbourhood of Bilbao, being older than even the medieval urban district (Casco Viejo), founded in 1300. It lies right across the estuary, on the left bank of the Nervion River, united to the old town by the bridge of San Anton pictured below (portrayed in the city's coat of arms). It is part of the 5th district of the city (Ibaiondo).

Its main economical activity are probably the taverns. Apart of Casco Viejo, Bilbao La Vieja also connects with the neighbourhood of San Francisco being a little more separated from Zabala, Abusu and the new development of Miribilla. Connected to Casco Viejo by the bridges of San Anton (portrayed in the Bilbao coat of arms), La Ribera and La Merced.

The development of the neighborhood was closely linked to that of the Miribilla mines, on the top of the Mirivilla mountain behind the old neighborhood. Recently redeveloped as a newly built neighborhood. Bilbao La Vieja was traditionally where the majority of the miners resided. It was some of the first land used as an expansion of the medieval city was undertaken in the 18th and 19th centuries and became a fashionable neighborhood by the end of the 19th century. By around that time prostitution became a big problem and that coupled with drug abuse condemned the area to neglect and marginalization, chiefly during the 1980s.

Today, under the municipal government's new initiatives the neighborhood is redeveloping, with a number of new businesses and...
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