Colegiata de Santillana del Mar, Santillana del Mar

#2 of 77 in Historic Sites in Cantabria
Church · Tourist Spot
The largest Romanesque structure on the Cantabrian coast, Colegiata de Santillana del Mar has allegorical columns with carvings that depict the epic struggle between good and evil. The cloister's humble size is offset by these detailed works, which are chiseled on the top of columns in the form of animals and humans. Surrounding the cloister is a town with cobblestone streets; its cafes and shops serve the many guests of the sacred monastery grounds. Outside the walls, stumble across several sarcophagi that are the final resting places of priests and nobility. Arrange your visit to Colegiata de Santillana del Mar and discover more family-friendly attractions in Santillana del Mar using our Santillana del Mar trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is a beautiful church built in the 12th century. It is a Romanesque style temple with three naves and a magnificent tower. It also hosts a cloister, but I could not see it. I went to the...  more »
  • Take in consideration that the Colegiata closes from 1:30 to 16:00, but there are many restaurants and cobbled streets and alleys to stroll while you wait. On a previous visit, we came on a holiday...  more »
  • You can feel the ancient times around here... Impressive and peaceful.
  • Ancient romanic church in a great setting. Worth a visit
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