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(Cantabria, Cantabria)
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"A reconstructed royal cave with tons of information about the past"

This Unesco World Heritage Site tells you all you need to know about the cave of Altamira. We were near Santillana, so this visit was nearby and we'd say totally worthwhile. The trip was a little too long for us and we were tired by the end of it. But, the museum was impressive and a great reconstruction of the authentic cave of Altamira.

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National Museum and Research Center of Altamira

The National Museum and Research Center of Altamira is a center dedicated to the conservation of, research into and the sharing of information about the cave of Altamira in Santillana del Mar , named a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The museum offers prehistoric technology workshops to visitors, as well as a permanent exhibition called Times of Altamira, which contains objects from Altamira as well as those from other palaeolithic caves of Cantabria such as El Morín, El Juyo and El Rascaño. The New Altamira Cave, or Neocave, is also part of this exhibition: an artificial replica of the original caves, built in order to preserve the originals from damage arising from a massive influx of visitors.


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