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Cathedral Santander, Santander

(2.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Enter the heavy wooden doors of Cathedral Santander, and feast your eyes on intricate stained glass and stately Gothic arches soaring skyward. The first church built on this site, in the eighth century, safeguarded the skulls of saints martyred in Calahorra in the third century. The remains were brought here by Catholics escaping the Muslim invasion. The church as it stands today was constructed in the 12th century and extended over the years leading up to the 18th century. You can visit for a Mass or just for the history and architecture. Don't forget to stop by the 14th-century cloisters just inside the building, where you'll find stained glass work, ribbed vaulting, and other intricate architectural details. Just outside you can relax in the sun by the fountain, or grab tapas at one of the nearby cafes. Plan to see Cathedral Santander and other attractions that appeal to you using our Santander trip itinerary builder.
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  • Outside the Cathedral is most fea of Spain with difference, the interior is otherwise, recommended for fans of this type of visits to religious places.
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  • The visit consists of several parts: 1) the Christ or bottom, is the Church most ancient and dark, above it rises the Cathedral. (You can visit free of charge) (Duración aproximada ~10 minutos) 2) the Cathedral or upper part, consists of three parts: a) the Cathedral, is much more modern and luminous than the previous one, she is the grave of Menéndez Pelayo. (You can visit free of charge) (Duración aproximada ~10 minutos) b) El Claustro, small cloister adjacent to the Cathedral, the perimeter can see parts of the old cathedral before the fire (you can visit free of charge) (approximate duration ~ 5 minutes) c) El Campanario: it can be visited through a free guided tour, it is advisable to book in advance by telephone or via e-mail. Although the views from the high are not very impressive since the windows are barred the bells and this (for this reason I put 4-star), is recommended to make the visit to know a little more of the story of Santander, as well as to see the small museum that inside, with outstanding pieces such as Arabic battery brought from Seville in their reconquista or the real truck. In definitive, visit very recommended, especially the guided, to know a little more than the history of Santander.
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  • Santander Cathedral is a cathedral to use. Input is an architectural complex started in the Twelfth century (Baja-parroquia del Santo Cristo Church) to which later were added the high Church, 13TH century (which is what is considered proper Cathedral) and more late the cloister (14TH century, trapezoidal-shaped) and later the Bell Tower. As well as other attached buildings of lower entity have been added to over the years. Much of the architectural complex was seriously affected by the terrible fire that suffered much of the city of Santander in the year 1941. It is for this reason that today we see a "very new" Cathedral, oddly well preserved. What I most like is the low Church (built over a Roman settlement (s-I to IV, which could partially see inside and is also where the relics of the holy martyrs Emetrio and Celedonio) and the cloister of the Church Alta-Catedral. The visit is worth.
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