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Castro Urdiales is a municipality of northern Spain, a seaport situated on the bay of Biscay. Its chief industries are tourism, fishing, and the preservation of fish, especially sardines and anchovies, in oil. The "Lolin" and "La Castreña" anchovy canning factories serve as a reminder of the town's closeness to this industry and its proximity to the sea.

Here I packed in one picture the most interesting monuments: the church of Santa María de la Asunción, the lighthouse of the Castle of Santa Ana and the medieval bridge.

The Church of Santa María de la Asunción is in Gothic style. Built under the protection of King Alfonso VIII of Castile in the 13th century (though it was finished in the 15th century), it is a basilica church with three naves. In the interior are the images of the White Virgin and the Reclining Christ, and three Gothic carvings of the Magi. It was open only for organized groups with the guide, so I was not inside.

The Castle of Santa Ana is located near the port and the church of Santa María de la Asunción. It houses a lighthouse.

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The view from the same place but in opposite direction is also nice.


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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9247 W: 140 N: 23293] (115719)
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