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    Palacio de Sobrellano

    by breughel Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Palacio

    In 1888 Don Claudio López y López Marquis de Comillas inaugurated his Sobrellano's palace.
    The building standing on a hill assembles different architectural trends from the Neo-Gothic, the Venetian palaces and Moresque decorations.

    Visits July and August 10 - 21h
    Other months 10.30 - 13.30h and 16 - 19.30 closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Price 3 €

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    Capricho de Gaudi

    by breughel Updated Mar 2, 2011

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    On the same hill as the Palace of Sobrellano was build in 1883 the "Capricho" of the famous Catalan modernistic architect Gaudi. This big villa was built as wedding present for one of the girls of the wealthy marquis of Comillas.
    The facades show an alternation of horizontal stripes of red bricks and friezes of ceramics. The extraordinary tower is of course also very representative of Gaudi's imagination.
    The "Caprice" of a still young Gaudi was declared historical - artistic monument.
    It is presently a "chick" and expensive restaurant.

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    Sur la même colline que la Palais de Sobrellano se dresse le "Capricho" du célèbre architecte moderniste catalan Gaudi. Cette grande villa fut construite comme cadeau de mariage (d'où le nom "petit caprice") pour l'une des filles du richissime marquis de Comillas.
    Les plans sont d'un Gaudi encore jeune. Il y a une alternance horizontale de briques rouges et de frises en céramique, cheminées et tour extraordinaires. Des éléments de décor néo-mudejar.
    C'est un monument déclaré artistico-historique qui est aujourd'hui un restaurant "chic" et cher.

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    Universidad Pontificia de Comillas

    by breughel Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Pontifical university

    This enormous neogothic palace on the hill with neomudejar (hispano-arab) decoration elements is a University of the Catholic Church, run for more than one century by the Jesus' Company. The foundation as an ecclesial seminar dates from 1890 by the Marquis de Comillas.
    Presently the main faculty's are theology, canon law, human and social sciences, laws, industrial engineering; they are located in Madrid.

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    Main facade

    by DanielF Written Mar 27, 2003

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    The reason of the presence of Catalan architects in Comillas, as Joan Martorell and Antoni Gaudí is that the marquis of Comillas made his fortune in Barcelona and was established there. He made part of the cultural elite of the city, which was at that time marvelled by the wonders of Modernism.

    In fact, the present marquis of Comillas is also count of Güell, as they descend also from the famous family that supported Gaudí .

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    Palace of Sobrellano

    by DanielF Updated Mar 28, 2003

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    The summer residence of the Marquis of Comillas is a Neo-Gothic palace, designed by the Catalan architect Joan Martorell.

    There are guided tours of the palace and the chapel with very illustrative explanations about the history of the palace and the family of the marquis of Comillas.

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    The ponticificial university

    by DanielF Updated Mar 28, 2003

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    Designed by famous Catalan architects, among which Joan Martorell and Domènech i Montaner are the best known, this huge building is the landmark of Comillas.

    The building hosts nowadays no university. It has been abandoned for years and the last time I visited Comillas it was undergoing renovation. I do not remember for what purpose the local authorities will use this beautiful building, but I think they intend to make a cultural centre.

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    El Panteon

    by breughel Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    The pantheon church

    This church of neogothic style which looks like a miniature cathedral was build by the second marquis of Comillas to be the pantheon of the family (1881).
    The pantheon is located next to the palace.

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    Natural park of Oyambre

    by breughel Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Beach at Oyambre

    Between Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera is the Ría de la Rabia and the beach and dunes of the natural park of Oyambre. A natural place of extraordinary beauty preserved from the urban development speculation.

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    CAPRICHO DE GAUDI

    by RudoElCojonudo Written Jan 21, 2008

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    Capricho de Gaudi
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    A little piece of art by the master of modernirsm, Antoni Gaudi. This instance of imagination was designed by Gaudi for Maximo Diaz de Quijano.
    No more than 10 minutes walking from the city certer, just ask to the locals, follow the rest of the tourists or look at de indications hanging everywhere.
    The building is a restaurant nowadays, but the entrance to the gardens and look that is free.

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    El Caprichio del Gaudi

    by MelanieBee Written Jun 25, 2005

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    Although you cannot tour the inside, this has got to be one of th emost interesting buildings I have ever looked at.

    And if you wander around, you'll find Gaudi himself studying his creation.

    I am surprised that I could not find these tiles for sale in the tourist shops...

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    El Capricho

    by garridogal Written Nov 21, 2010

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    Our main mission in Comillas was to find El Capricho, designed by Gaudí. We had a map and followed signs and finally found it....only to discovered that it was closed on Mondays. And, of course, it was a Monday!

    To add insult to injury, by the entrance it was practically completely covered by a hideous chain link fence intertwined with what looked like AstroTurf! (We actually saw a lot of these in Spain, to our horror.)

    So we gave up and decided to go to Sobrellano palace and guess what? It's right next to El Capricho! Hence, the photos...

    Unfortunately, we couldn't go into the building but sometimes you've gotta go with whatever you can get.

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    FISHING PORT

    by RudoElCojonudo Written Jan 21, 2008

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    Kantauri itsasoa.

    I guess the fishing was an important activity some years ago in Comillas. Today you can see some lonely fishermen talking about... the weader? Who knows!
    The sight of the Bay of Viscay and the cliffs is nice.

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    Church of Saint Christopher.

    by DanielF Written Mar 28, 2003

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    In the very heart of Comillas, the tower of the Church of Saint Christopher is the highest building in town.

    The church, elegant and austere, was built between the XVII and XIX centuries in Barroque and Neo-classical styles.

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    El Capricho of Gaudí

    by DanielF Updated Aug 12, 2008

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    Only building designed by Gaudí in Cantabria, and one of the few out of Catalonia. It is an imaginative and beautiful building that was designed as the summer residence of a wealthy unmarried catalan aristocrat.

    The building was abandoned for many years, until it was purchased it by a Japanese company that renovated it and turned it into a luxury restaurant. The food is not japanese though.

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    Imaginative details

    by DanielF Updated Mar 27, 2003

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    Gaudí's architecture is characterised by the use of elements of nature as decoration. The walls and roof are decorated with tiles depicting flowers or leaves, achieving a colourful and beautiful ensemble.

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