Located in the heart of La Plaza de la Constitución- Constitución Square, the city center of the Old Town. Situated next to the beach of La Concha, and the Port of San Sebastian. It is the main square of the whole city, home to the great festivals and celebrations of the city; such as the hoisting of the flag of the city on January 20th on the Tamborrada, the big day of the city. In September, parties include: the EuskalJaiak - Basque folklore festival, the celebration of St. Thomas Day, and other rural Basque traditions.
The construction of the Plaza de la Constitución, dates back to 1817 by architect Ugartemendia, one who most participated in the reconstruction of San Sebastian after the devastating fire of 1813. The city was reduced to ashes except one remaining street, the August 31st. Only one building withstood the disaster. This is the reason why buildings and monuments of the city do not pre-date the city’s historical fire.
It is designed by a rectangular structure from modules of 20 equal arcs on each of the long sides and 9 arcs on the short sides. The building that crowns the plaza on its west side was the headquarters of the City Council until 1947, from 1951 to 2000. It was the Municipal Library building and it is currently in use by the Department of Culture of the City of Donostia.
As soon as you enter the square, you will notice the striking numbers on each window of the houses that overlook the square. These numbers refer to the boxes that once were the assigned boxes to view the bullfights. This square was once the bullring of the city. After the construction of another larger bullring in the city, the Plaza de la Constitución ceased to be a bullring but the numbers still remain on each of the windows to memorialize that past era.
Winding through the narrow streets of the old town, we enter the Plaza de la Constitución where Central Roomss is located. You will enjoy all the architectural and artistic details that this square offers its visitors; its vibrant colors, the numbered balconies, its arches, its perfectly rectangular shape and the building that crowns the square will make for stunning photographs.