Plaza Porticada
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Jon M
Little Rock, AR6,689 contributions
Family
We were here on the 23rd of July and they were celebrating "Semana Grande - Santander", with parades, food courts, and music late last night. WOW - what a neat place to be! Very cosmopolitan looking city, clean - old yet modern facilities. Great place to people watch. There were about 8 or so food vendors in small portable building selling Pintxos and beer/wine for only $2.5 Euro each (Pintxo & drink) - can't beat that with a wet Squirrel! If you are in this part of the City - you must walk it and take it all in. Plus its only a couple of blocks from the port.
Written July 23, 2016
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Couples
The square across the Cathedral is called the Plaza Porticada and it has several government buildings. It is also called the Plaza de Velarde. At the entrance there is the Monument to Pedro Velarde. Pedro Velarde (October 25, 1779 – May 2, 1808) was born in Cantabria and became a Spanish artillery captain. He became famous for his heroic death in the Dos de Mayo uprisings in Madrid in 1808 against the French occupation. He became a hero in Spain's War of Independence from the French Empire of Napoleon. In 1864 Santander formed a society to create a monument to him and raise the money for the monument. Elias Martin was the sculptor and he finished the monument in 1880. The monument was transferred to its present site in 1947.

The Plaza Porticada was built after the disastrous fire of 1941. The plaza has the Neo-Herreriano style and was the first site of the Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza de Santander, which took place in 1952.

The building in the middle of the plaza is the Caja de Ahorros de Santander y Cantabria and is adorned by two allegorical statues, showing a nude man and a woman, and these represent "El Ahorro" and "La Beneficiencia". The big statues were the work of Agustín Herrán.
Written August 13, 2014
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Marilenium
Vigo, Spain48 contributions
Solo
There was a Mercado Artesanía when I was there, pretty nice stuff they sold. It also looks like a nice place to have a coffee.
Written August 18, 2017
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,695 contributions
Couples
Sqaure that was built in Santander after the huge fire of 1941 destroyed much of the historic city. Nowadays of the central place of the city, with some bars and restaurants around it.
Written June 9, 2016
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jose yanez
Mexico City, Mexico242 contributions
This is where government offices are located, nothing specially to see or enjoy there unless you are lucky enough to have a festival or celebration which can take place in the square
Written September 18, 2021
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Marco M
Milan, Italy42 contributions
did walking tour with my family in the city and visited the Plaza. nothing spectacular but while in Santander a visit is worth if you have time to walk and to do a city tour
Written July 13, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia23,281 contributions
Officially, the Porticada square is called Plaza de Pedro Velarde in honor of the hero of the revolt against the French occupiers in Madrid in 1808. The name was chosen because Velarde is a native of Cantabria. The monument to the 28-year-old artillery captain stands in the middle of the square. The square was designed in the herrerian style by architects Javier González de Riancho, Rafael Huidobro and Valentín del Noval. The most famous of them was Riancho, who designed the Magdalena Palace, the Santander Bank building and the Cathedral square after the fire of 1941. In addition to the pathos monument to Velarde, there are two other sculptures on the square. They adorn the facade of the Caja Cantabria savings Bank. The sculptor Agustín de la Herrán Matorras created allegories of "economy" and "charity" in the form of Nude men and women. The question arises, did economy and charity drive them to absolute poverty, that the clothes had to be sold? In addition, you can see the remains of the medieval wall of Santader excavated in 2008 during reconstruction. You need to make an appointment at the tourist office for this.
Written April 11, 2020
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mabinho
Seville, Spain1,530 contributions
When we visited, the square was hosting a special temporary exhibition on the titanic - very interesting. Worth visiting both the square and the exhibition!
Written December 15, 2017
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Salvador H
San Juan, Puerto Rico418 contributions
Friends
Nothing extraordinary about this place, at least for tourists. Probably very important for the locals since they do fairs,food courts, etc.
Written October 29, 2017
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36lesleyd
Glasgow, UK68 contributions
Friends
Sat at the cafes here watching the world go by. Service was great and the drink was even better- 3 Euros for a beer and a glass of wine!
Written May 26, 2016
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