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Altamira Caves Review

These world-famous caves, 3 km (2 miles) southwest of Santillana del Mar, have been called the Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art for the beauty of their drawings, believed to be some 20,000 years old. First uncovered in 1875, the caves are a testament to early mankind's admiration of beauty and surprising technical skill in representing it, especially in the use of rock forms to accentuate perspective. The caves are closed to visitors, but the reproduction in the museum is open to all.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Museo de Altamira, Av. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola s/n, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria 39330
  • Phone: 942/818005
  • Cost: €3
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 9:30–6 (to 8 May–Oct.), Sun. 9:30–3
  • Website:
  • Location: Santillana del Mar
Updated: 06-13-2013

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