The Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar was built by the Augustinians who took over a former Benedictine monastery. In this first photo, you see the lines of the main structure built in the Romanesque style:
Surely in it’s time, it was an imposing building and it still dominates the town today. Going inside the grounds, you’ll find a very pleasant cloister.
The columns in this cloister are carved with various religious symbols.
And many are covered with vines.
Going into the church itself you find an impressive altar piece from the 15th century depicting the martyrdom of Saint Juliana.
As well as this stone tomb for the saint’s remains:
Not to mention a powerful set of pipes for the organ:
The walk through this church is a step back in time. Within its cool environs you’ll find a sense of dignity and piety that may be lacking at times in larger, busier cathedrals. As always, enter with respect and take your time to absorb the many details that fill this holy place.