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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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  • on the last morning of our fishing trip in the "Picos" we stopped by this wonderful old collegiate church - not to be missed as it is the resting place of Ste. Juliana - quiet reflection is in order a...  more »
  • Get there early for pics as folk just wander in awe. Fabulous village and buildings, simply beautiful.  more »
  • It was lovely to wander the cloisters and church at leisure,there were no crowds and therefore was very atmospheric. It is so good to see these ancient sites preserved and open to the public.  more »

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