Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga, Covadonga

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Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga is located in Covadonga. Use our Cangas de Onis trip tool to arrange your visit to Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga and other attractions in Cangas de Onis.
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  • This beautiful church was built on a hilltop in one of the most known and familiar to the Picos de Europa National Park. It was built in the 19th century, to replace another church destroyed by fire in 1777. Covadonga is known throughout Spain for being the place where the battle took place of Christians (led by Pelagius, first King of Asturias) against the Arabs and Berbers in 722 ad. It was a significant episode, because you initiated the Reconquista. Beyond its historical value, the Basilica of Covadonga is extremely beautiful and charming in itself. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, is often hidden by a blanket of fog light that blinds especially lovely and mysterious.
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  • If you go to Asturias you must upload to see the lakes and the sanctuary! They are really nice. Try to avoid foggy days or lose the charm.
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  • The basilica is a neo-Romanesque style and is next to the Santina cave. It is a viewpoint towards the Picos de Europa and is located at the foot of the road leading to the beautiful alpine landscape of Covadonga Lakes. Next to the basilica stands the statue of Pelayo, King of Asturias. A little further down it is a cave where the Virgin appeared, and which led to the defeat of Muslim troops. the home of the crowns that gave rise to Spain. Magical place, impressive symbolic charge.
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