Santillana del Mar

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Santillana del Mar
Municipality
Church of the Colegiata in Santillana
Church of the Colegiata in Santillana
Flag of Santillana del Mar
Flag
Location of Santillana del Mar
Location of Santillana del Mar
Santillana del Mar is located in Spain
Santillana del Mar
Santillana del Mar
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°23′36″N 4°6′17″W / 43.39333°N 4.10472°W / 43.39333; -4.10472Coordinates: 43°23′36″N 4°6′17″W / 43.39333°N 4.10472°W / 43.39333; -4.10472
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Cantabria
Province Cantabria
Comarca Western coast
Judicial district Torrelavega
Capital Santillana del Mar
Government
 • Alcalde Isidro Rábago León (2007) (PSC-PSOE)
Area
 • Total 28.46 km2 (10.99 sq mi)
Elevation 82 m (269 ft)
Highest elevation 275 m (902 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 4,049
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39330
Official language(s) Spanish

Santillana del Mar is a historic town situated in Cantabria, Spain. Its many historic buildings attract thousands of holidaymakers every year.

There is an old saying that Santillana del Mar is The Town of Three Lies, since it is neither a Saint (Santo), nor flat (llana), nor is it by the sea (Mar) as implied by its name. However, the name actually derives from Santa Juliana (or Santa Illana) whose remains are kept in the Colegiata, a Romanesque church and former Benedictine monastery.

Localities[edit]

The 3,983 inhabitants (INE, 2006) are distributed as follows:

Notable people[edit]

Santillana (born 1952), footballer

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In literature[edit]

The protagonist of the novel Gil Blas is born in Santillana.

In his philosophical novel "La Nausée", Sartre described Santillana as the prettiest village in Spain ("le plus joli village d'Espagne").

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