Colegiata de Santa Juliana

Santillana del Mar
Cantabria
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

A glorious and important work of Romanesque architecture, the Colegiata de Santa Juliana was built to hold the remains of Santa Juliana, who was tortured to death in 304AD by her husband-to-be for not renouncing her faith in Christianity. Most of the architecture dates from the 12th century, although a church was originally built here in the 9th century by monks who carried Santa Juliana's relics.

Nearby attractions

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Places to visit nearby

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