Santillana del Mar
|Santillana del Mar|
Church of the Colegiata in Santillana
Location of Santillana del Mar
|Capital||Santillana del Mar|
|• Alcalde||Isidro Rábago León (2007) (PSC-PSOE)|
|• 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)|
|• Density||140/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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.
The 3,983 inhabitants (INE, 2006) are distributed as follows:
- Arroyo, 43 pop.
- Camplengo, 201 pop.
- Herrán, 204 pop.
- Mijares, 124 pop.
- Queveda, 586 pop.
- Santillana del Mar (capital), 1.108 pop.
- Ubiarco, 246 pop.
- Vispieres, 337 hab.
- Viveda, 1.069 pop.
- Yuso, 65 pop.
Santillana (born 1952), footballer
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The protagonist of the novel Gil Blas is born in Santillana.