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Most important gothic church in cantabria

The Gothic church of Santa Maria de la Asunción stands majestically in the Puebla Vieja (the old town of Castro Urdiales), overlooking the village and harbor from a prominent position.

This large church is considered the most important Gothic building in all of Cantabria. In the early 13th century, Alfonso VIII decided to give this coastal town a church of cathedral proportions and the result is this great three-chambered basilica.

If you look closely at the details, you can see certain similarities with the French Gothic movement which was underway in Normandy and some details similar to the Cathedral in Burgos.

It’s impressive to see how the flying buttresses of the church seem to blend in with the cliffs, as if they were real roots of stone. If you look at Puebla Vieja from the port, you'll see how the church seems to spring forth from the rock.

As a side note, I’ll say that the Church of Santa Maria de la Asunción was declared a Monument of Cultural Interest in 1931 and Castro Urdiales' Old Town was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1978.

You can also taste the best prawns in the world in the streets near the port. Seriously. You can't miss it. To do so would be to miss one of the greatest culinary pleasures in Cantabria.
Alfonso Navarro Táppero
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Really impressive!

The church of Santa Maria de la Asunción is located at the top of the port, near the lighthouse of Castro Urdiales.

It’s a 13th century Gothic cathedral and the most important and representative monument of Cantabria. It has a basilica with two towers and three interior chambers. In my view, it needs some restoration work, but it's still very impressive.
Joxu

St. mary of assumption church

The St. Mary of Assumption Church exudes peace and the sea views are breathtaking, both on clear days when you can see the coast of Bizkaia, and on stormy days when it seems like the sky is going to fall on our heads. It's the most emblematic place in the city and it's a hallmark.
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Church of Santa María de la Asunción Phone Number
942 871 512
942 871 512
Church of Santa María de la Asunción Address
Iglesia Nueva, 4
Iglesia Nueva, 4
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