"La Villa de las Tres Mentiras" Top 5 Page for this destination Santillana by andal13

Santillana Travel Guide: 70 reviews and 184 photos

The village of three lies

Santillana del Mar is known as "The village of three lies": it is not a holy city ("santa"), is not flat ("llana") and has no sea ("mar"). It is a little jewel hidden by the hills near Santander.
It was originally a pilgrimage's place; La Colegiata, a Romanesque monastery, has the tomb of Saint Juliana, a christian martyr of 3rd century, during Diocleciano's persecution. Her relics were brought by some monks to this place at 9th century, and founded a little monastery. During 12th century, the present monastery was built; the village grew up around La Colegiata.


Santillana del Mar es conocida como "la villa de las tres mentiras": no es santa, no es llana y no tiene mar. Es una joyita escondida por las colinas cercanas a Santander. Fue originalmente un lugar de peregrinación; La Colegiata, un monasterio románico, guarda la tumba de Santa Juliana, una mártir cristiana del siglo III, durante las persecuciones de Dioclesiano. Sus reliquias fueron traídas por unos monjes a este lugar en el siglo IX, y fundaron un pequeño monasterio. Durante el siglo XII fue construido el actual monasterio; la villa creció en torno a La Colegiata.

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  • In a nutshell:A charming ancient town around a Romanesque architectural jewel ~ Un encantador pueblo antiguo en torno a una joya arquitectónica románica
  • Last visit to Santillana: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated Jul 13, 2003
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  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2005 at 10:34 PM

    I misses this fine page, but did not miss la villa del tres mentiras, great title of yours Andrea, tks for sharing

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2004 at 3:28 PM

    Interesting village to visit while in Cantabria.

  • salinhopt's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2004 at 1:43 AM

    I love those animals ... orchids lolll :) Another great page Andrea. Fantastic historical city.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2004 at 7:31 PM

    Very well done. Enjoy reading and viewing.

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2004 at 9:15 AM

    Very nice page, Andrea. Enjoyed your photos. Some great views. Thanks

  • Johnny_CA's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2003 at 7:49 PM

    I don't live in the zoo and I've been called an animal before too? What's up with that?

  • Pangea's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2003 at 3:20 PM

    Preciosa página de un sitio que todavía no he tenido el placer de conocer. ¡Enhorabuena y gracias! ... Muy buena idea lo de los tips bilingües -así nos enteramos mejor los que no tenemos mucha idea de inglés- :P

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2003 at 6:54 PM

    Colegiata!!!!! Cola e' gata!!! Diem algo mas...

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2003 at 11:17 AM

    WOW... imagine, Caterpillars in a BUTTERFLY garden. I hope they called PEST control to get rid of those ucky crawly bugs! What a mess! ; )

  • Ken_Weaver's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2003 at 10:16 AM

    Again, another page with beautiful pics and outstanding commentary---bi-lingual no less!

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