Santillana del Mar is a historic town in Cantabria. In the town there are many historical and cultural houses that attract thousands of visitors every year.
Placed my luggage in the hotel room, I was walking around this little town.
Calle la Carrera (Carrera Street) / Calle Jesús Otero (Jesús Otero Street) / Plaza Mayor (Main Square) / Plaza las Arenas (Accommodation for pilgrims)
2 Colegiata de Stanta Juliana
The Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana is one of the most representative Romanesque monuments in the region. It was declared a National Monument in the year 1889.
Juliana of Nicomedia was martyred in Asia Minor (Turkey) during the persecutions initiated by the Emperor Diocletian in the late third century. His remains were brought to the Kingdom of Asturias in the ninth century by some wandering monk.
In time of King Alfonso III of Asturias, a chapel was built and dedicated to the saint which preserve and venerate his relics, and then the monastery flourished under the protection of the local nobility.
3 Museo de Jesús Otero
This museum opened in 1994, it draws on private funds donated by the sculptor to the town in 1993.
Jesús Otero was born in 1908 in the town of Santillana del Mar, and that is where he sculpted all of his pieces in the 1980’s.
Jesús Otero Museum was like a mysterious country. I felt that I strayed into the wonderland. It was great fun wondering in the museum.
Museum of the Inquisition and Torture, Santillana del Mar
The Museum of Torture is located on the street Jesus Otero.This museum offers a permanent exhibition dedicated to the various instruments of torture, punishment, humiliation and death penalty used during the period in which the Inquisition acted. The objects are original and were actually used for such purposes.
Diocesan Museum “Regina Coeli” (Queen of Heaven)
In 1967 the Diocesan Museum was established in the convent “Regina Coeli”(Queen of Heaven), in order to preserve, study and exhibit an important part of religious and artistic heritage of the Diocese.
Contains a thousand works, highlighting the collections medieval and baroque imagery in polychrome wood, and Spanish colonial silver, enamels and ivories, and an excellent collection of Christ.
Left the Diocesan Museum, I walked around the outskirts of the village of Santillana del Mar.
Looks the inhabitants and cattle of the village are enjoying their lives.