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Castro Urdiales (population of 30,000) is a seaport of northern Spain, situated on the bay of Biscay. The town was founded by the Romans and is a popular tourist destination today. It lies at a scenic bay with a beautiful beach surrounded by high cliffs.

High on a cliff above the bay, there are located the Church of Santa Mar韆 de la Asuncion and the Castle of Santa Ana, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. The castle had to protect pilgrims walking along the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, to Santiago de Compostela. In 1853 a lighthouse was built within the castle.

Church of St. Mary of the Assumption (Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asuncion) is one of the tourist attractions in Castro Urdiales. The Catholic church in Gothic style was built in the 13th century on a high cliff during the reign of King Alfonso VIII of Castile.
Works on Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asuncion were continued through to the 15th century. The result is a basilica with three naves, high arches and buttresses.
Nowadays there are held occasional concerts.

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