Friday, April 6, 2018

Santillana del Mar - Spain

Santillana del Mar is one of the most visited places in Cantabria. There is an old saying that Santillana del Mar is The Town of Three Lies, since it is neither a Saint (Santo), nor flat (llana), nor is it by the sea (Mar) as implied by its name.
The village was declared a historical-artistic site in 1889. Near the village lies the Altamira Cave, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since July 2013, Santillana del Mar is part of the network of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

As for these postcards, they were sent by Luís and Paulo.

Santillana del Mar is one of the places with the highest historical-artistic value of Spain and the main tourist attraction of Cantabria. The village is home to true architectural treasures, with the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana being the most representative building of Santillana del Mar and the most important Romanesque jewel in Cantabria.

© FISA - ESCUDO DE ORO, S. A. - Barcelona * L. DOMINGUEZ, S. A. - Madrid
The Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana has its origin in a monastery dating back to 870 and which, according to tradition, kept the relics of Saint Juliana.
Throughout the eleventh century, it was transformed into collegiate church, although the present building dates back to the twelfth century.

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