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Address: Santander, 39002 Santander, Spain
Phone Number: 942-22-60-24

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Wonderful Building

Not much remains of old Santander after the great fire of 1941. The cathedral, however, is one of the few buildings to have survived. Beautiful cloisters lead to the Cathedral... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A truly wonderful and beautiful Cathedral. Amazing inside and if only the walls could tell a story. \the fire in the early 40s was a disaster for the city and it is mainly the walls that survived but the old and the new inside I think go well together. The cloister's are well keeped and the stained glass is beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Not much remains of old Santander after the great fire of 1941. The cathedral, however, is one of the few buildings to have survived. Beautiful cloisters lead to the Cathedral itself. The church is beautiful too and surprisingly modern in its statuary, stained glass windows and paintings. I did not manage to visit the more ancient lower church unfortunately. Well... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This was largely destroyed in the fire of 1941 so although it looks like a medieval cathedral, there is not a lot to see, except the pleasant medieval cloister. When we were admitted at 4.30 pm quite a queue of people had built up, probably because all the guide books claim it opens at 4 pm.

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Cathedral of Santander used Gothic architecture and is quite bare. The main altar and side altars are quite bare. Many Gothic churches in Spain have interesting Baroque altars, but this church has little of interest in it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I could not feel a warm power in this place of worship. It seemed still and cold. I believe it is a good place for prayer as there are no distractions.

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Deux-Sevres, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A service had just ended when we arrived on Good Friday and we were politely stopped at the entrance to the cloisters to allow the priests' procession to exit the cathedral and return to their rooms. The interior is worth a visit as is the smaller chapel below.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Despite you are an atheist don't miss a mass at Sunday morning in the chapel located in the basement. Divine. And after it have some tapas around the bus station.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

A large white stone building which stands out among the surrounding buildings only a short walk from the port. This is a Gothic cathedral with a history dating back 800 years. We walk around the Cloisters before entering the cathedral and it was impressive with magnificent Gothic arches, ribbed vaulting, large supporting piers, beautiful stained glass and a surprise (as... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We didn't get to visit the cathedral because there was a service, but the little cloister was worth the detour.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Our hotel overlooked the Cathedral but we did not go inside until the last day. Glad we did. The stonework is super and looked as if it had been cleaned in recent years. Excellent cloister outside the Cathedral but inside the main building.

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