Visiting Santillana del Mar is a must if you are traveling in Cantabria. And within this wonderful medieval town where its streets seem to take you to another era is the Santa Juliana Collegiate Church, the most representative monument of Santillana del Mar.
It is undoubtedly its great jewel and one of the best Romanesque monuments of Cantabria. It is dedicated to Juliana of Nicomedia, a martyr of the fourth century whose remains were taken to the Kingdom of Asturias in the ninth century by some pilgrim monks, building a hermitage.
It was in the twelfth century when the hermitage that housed the remains of the saint, and that had been growing until it became a monastery, was converted into a spectacular collegiate that we can admire today.
What to see in the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana de Santillana del Mar
The exterior of the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana
On your visit to Santillana del Mar you will reach the impressive Santa Juliana Collegiate Church after touring the beautiful Calle del Río, with its cobblestone and its buildings with the typical architecture of Santillana.
At the end of the street you will find the facade of the collegiate church in which we must highlight its cover chaired by an image of Santa Juliana. In the upper part of the cover is a gallery formed by 15 arches, which is one of the characteristic elements of the collegiate church.
To the left of the cover is the House of the Abbot. Once admired the outside of the Santa Juliana Collegiate Church We can access its interior and enjoy its charms.
The interior of the Collegiate Church
To get to the church of the Santa Juliana Collegiate Church we must go through another of the great jewels that this monument hides, its Cloister.
The cloister It was built between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries so we can observe in it several styles. It is obligatory to travel the entire perimeter of the cloister admiring its columns and capitals, which are the most spectacular of the same. We can also see various graves in a one-corner gothic chapel.
After visiting the cloister we can access the church, formed by three ships separated by spectacular columns that you must admire.
The church must also highlight the choir and its baroque organ, the Romanesque baptismal chapel, the 16th-century main altarpiece and numerous Romanesque sculptures distributed throughout its interior. Next to the main altar we find the relics of Santa Juliana.
Practical information to visit the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana
- September to June
- Tuesday to Sunday, 10h-13: 30h and 16h-19: 15h.
- Closed Monday.
- July and August
- Every day, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
- September to June