Religious buildings

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The Cathedral

Located in the Plaza de las Atarazanas, the Cathedral was originally built as the Abbey of San Emeter. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1931.

El Cristo

Next to the Cathedral, in a monasterial-gothic style, sober and without any frills, we find the current Church of the’ Santísimo Cristo’, the floors of which have been partially covered in glass, allowing the site of ancient Roman remains to be seen; and an upper part that was rebuilt after the fire in 1941. Both are located next to the cloister and its garden, the town’s old cemetery. Inside, the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo may be found.

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Sagrado Corazón

Church of el Sagrado Corazón

Close to the Old town, we find this neo-gothic style church. Inside, we can enjoy the colourful paintings by Heinrich Immenkamp and the twelve pillars that represent the twelve apostles.

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Iglesia de la Consolación

Church of la Consolación

This church built in the 18th century is located in the Calle Alta. It is one of the oldest buildings conserved in the city. In a classicist-baroque style, the main door to its nave stands out, inside of which the image of the Santo Cristo de la Salud is preserved and venerated.

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Santa Lucía

Church of Santa Lucía

Alongside the Plaza Cañadío, we find this eclectic-styled church. It was designed by Antonio Zabaleta. Built between 1854 and 1868, it has a spectacular portico with large ionic order columns. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1987.

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Iglesia la anunciación

Church of la Anunciación (La Compañía)

This church, which was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1992, can be seen from the shopping area of Calle Juan de Herrera. It is considered to be one of the best examples of renaissance architecture in the region, as it follows the classic model by the Italian Vignola.

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Ermita de La Virgen del Mar

Hermitage of La Virgen del Mar

Located on the Island of la Virgen del Mar (San Román de la Llanilla), one of the most spectacular places on the Santander coastline, the hermitage of la Virgen del Mar was built at the end of the 14th century in honour of the patron saint of Santander. Made up of a single nave divided into three areas and a hexagonal sanctuary, it houses three altarpieces inside it.