Cave of Altamira

cave with prehistoric paintings in Spain

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.

Cave of Altamira
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationSantillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain
Part ofCave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
CriteriaCultural: (iii), (i)
Inscription1985 (9th Session)
Buffer zone16 ha (0.062 sq mi)
Coordinates43°22′57″N 4°7′13″W / 43.38250°N 4.12028°W / 43.38250; -4.12028
Cave of Altamira is located in Cantabria
Cave of Altamira
Location in Cantabria, Spain
Cave of Altamira is located in Spain
Cave of Altamira
Cave of Altamira (Spain)

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. Retrieved 31 December 2012.

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