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Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain *
Replica at Museo Arqueológico Nacional of Cave of Altamira
Country Spain
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii
Reference 310
Region ** List of World Heritage Sites in Spain
Inscription history
Inscription 1985 (9th Session)
Extensions 2008
Altamira (cave) is located in Spain
Location of Altamira (cave) in Spain
A bison from Altamira cave, in Spain, about 16.000 years old

Altamira (Spanish for 'high view') is a cave in Spain famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings and coloured paintings of wild mammals and human hands. It is located near the town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, 30 km west of the city of Santander. The cave with its paintings has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The cave is approximately 300 meters long[1]


  1. Ian Chilvers, ed. (2004). "Altamira". The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art (3rd ed.). [Oxford]: Oxford University Press. p. 18. ISBN 0-19-860476-9 .

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Coordinates: 43°22′57″N, 4°6′58″W

This article is about a World Heritage Site