Catedral de la Asunción

Cathedral in Santander

Santander’s serene cathedral is composed of two Gothic churches, one above the other. The 14th-century upper church, off which is a 15th-century cloister, was extensively rebuilt after a 1941 fire, and contains the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, a celebrated local scholar. Directly below lies the 13th-century Iglesia del Santísimo Cristo, where you can view relics of Santander’s patron saints and catch glimpses of ancient Roman foundations through the glass floors.