Cathedral Santander, Santander

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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. Use our Santander day trip tool to visit Cathedral Santander on your trip to Santander, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Ancient and lush, is a must, only a small donation, and seems perfect to me. Recommended to visit it
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  • Very nice and very old place.. .of old... in the old city old a mandatory site visit
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  • A very large beautiful view though only from outside. Church of the 13th century. Is the main place of worship in the city.
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  • Very nice gótico architecture, coffee shop around it makes it a good place to relax in sunny days..
  • Having a good time with a good friend and extended family in SANTANDER, SPAIN 🇪🇸 in nearby an Oceanside; deeply feeling the silent whisper of the magnificent Water's mercy.
  • Really nice old place
  • I'm Catholic but didn't want to pay entrance fee lol, is a nice small place I'll go on Sunday for mass and put more photos
  • Asturias is better
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