Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Altamira and Santillana del Mar

Altamira, the Paleolithic cave discover in 1879, is located in the area and we did visit, but visitors are not allowed in the original cave. Instead, a terrific replica has been constructed for visitors. No photos allowed, however, so I can only tantalize you with this image I found somewhere online with no attribution.

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). Nevertheless, a very charming, mostly 15th-century hamlet of about 4,000 people (not counting tourists).

Church of the Collegiata, St. Juliana's 

 The cloisters have paired columns with no two capitals alike

Sadly, they charge entrance fees to the cloister, so you'll have to be content with the shot above, which I snatched while the door was open, and this poster below.

Casa del Aquila (House of the Eagle) called for the bird on the crest of the Estrada or Tagle family between the windows 

Torre de Don Borja

Pretty courtyard

Old street fountain for doing laundry


 Vineyard House, 16th century, named for a carving of grapevines on the house that are, sadly, no longer there

Contemporary sculpture of an Altamira bull in front of Vineyard House

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