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Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar, Santillana del Mar

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The largest Romanesque structure on the Cantabrian coast, Collegiate Church of 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. Put Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santillana del Mar vacation trip planner.
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  • The collegiate church is the product of a beautiful village that tourism is killing, the cloister of the collegiate church is at the same time the best of this beautiful Romanesque church. It is worth losing a good amount of time contemplating the beautiful paired capitals of this cloister. There are Romanesque churches in Spain more more pure lines and beautiful but cloisters as Santillana with variety of capitals that we see there it so it simply for this reason is worth paying the entrance 3 euros. Do not agree with the arbitrary measure, in some places elsewhere if not, prohibit photography in the interior of the Church. I am of those who think that taking pictures without flash should be permitted. The collegiate church has no paintings of any kind that may be damaged by an absent-minded is unable to turn off your flash. It's the downside that I see in this visit, otherwise totally recommended
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  • Visit this gem of Romanesque architecture. A stunning 16th century altarpiece and a no less spectacular cloister. In excellent condition.
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  • One of the sites that you never miss if come to Santillana del Mar, spectacular Romanesque building.
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