Cathedral Santander, Santander

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#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in Santander
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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  • August 20, 2017
    Not nice! Definitely worth seeing in that Cathedral of town so worth a visit. Beautiful cloister and the simple interior of the Cathedral.
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  • August 20, 2017
    The mass is a little long... The charming cloister. Small but beautiful Cathedral. Interesting model of Santander.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A simple Cathedral and to some extent by your beautiful outside. We do not agree to pay to go into religious monuments. It's not a must-visit or a must in Santander but I would say that being there has to at least view it as part of the history of the city.
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  • Beautiful cathedral with a brilliant insight into the city.
  • Nice! A bit different style .
  • Interesting building. Worth a visit
  • A nice cathedral with an exposition presenting historical facts about the city.
  • A great looking building. Unfortunately it was closed for viewing .

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For views over the water and a wide selection of restaurants, consider staying near the Puerto Chico, or "little port," area. Lodging on the historical Camino de Santiago en Santander street puts you in the path of many of the city's walking tours. The streets that jut off Alameda de Oviedo are full of markets, cafes, and shops that put you in the middle of activity.
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