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  • 1 Altamira Caves Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    The prehistoric Altamira Caves are among the most famous in the world. Discovered in 1879, they are made up of various galleries with paintings and engravings on the walls dating back to the Solutrean age. The original caves can no longer be visited,..

  • 2 Santillana del Mar Collegial Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. del Abad-Francisco-Navarro E - 39330 Santillana-del-Mar

    The Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar dates from the 12C and 13C. Although its chevet is of a very pure Romanesque design, its façade lacks a little unity. However, because of the harmonious arrangement of its bays and towers, as well as its be..

  • 3 Saint Dominic's Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    In Santillana del Mar, Calle de Santo Domingo has two remarkable buildings: the house of the Marquesado de Benemejís (or Peredo Barreda Palace, 17C), which has a cultural centre, and the Villa House, with its semi-circular balconies.

  • 4 Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    Lining this triangular square are the Parador Gil Blas, the 14C Merino Tower and the Don Borja Tower, which has an elegant doorway with a pointed arch. The town hall occupies an 18C building.

  • 5 Palacio de Velarde

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    Head alongside the collegiate church to admire the Romanesque apses and the Velarde Palace which has retained its Renaissance appearance following restoration.

  • 6 Convent of the Queen of Heaven

    Religious buildings

    El Cruce, s/n E - 39330 Santillana-del-Mar

    This restored 16C convent of the Order of St Clare houses the Diocesan Museum, which exhibits an interesting array of paintings, statues and gold religious objets d'art. At the end of the street, the lovely Casa de los Tagle (18C) brandishes an enorm..

  • 7 Altamira Museum and New Cave

    Museums and art

    E - 39330 Santillana-del-Mar

    Devoted to the period of the Altamira Cave, the highly informative museum has an interesting and fun approach (video, cartoons, information panels and reconstructions; in Spanish). It shows visitors the way of life and the art of Upper Palaeolithic m..

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