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Cangas de Onís was the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias, until 774. Here an epic battle of Covadonga took place (722), which extolled the rebel figure of Don Pelayo against the Muslims and the beginning of the Christian conquest over the Peninsula .
The Sanctuary of Covadonga is known as the "site of the Spanish nation." After the epic, oblivion.
Cangas de Onís, Covadonga and the Picos de Europa make up an essential space for any traveler who enjoys history and nature.
Surprisingly, it was built in the Middle Ages, probably on top of an older Roman structure. The "Roman Bridge" of Cangas de Onís is almost a symbol of the council. It was declared Historic Artistic Monument in 1931.
Basilica of Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga
It is impressive, not only the basilica but also the surroundings. The construction took 24 years and the design was carried out by Federico Aparici. Don't forget to visit the crypt.
The three crosses of Covadonga
You will find these three crosses in the cave that leads to the Virgin of Covadonga. It is a historical viewpoint. It's one of the best points to take pictures of the Basilica of Covadonga.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross and the dolmen of 6,000 years ago
You might see a shrine, but it is an ancient spiritual space. It was built in 437 A.D. and guarded the Victoria Cross from the s. VIII.
The fascinating thing about this small chapel is that it was built on a funeral dolmen in 4,000 BC. Yes, you read that right,: 4,000 B.C.
Statue of Don Pelayo
Don Pelayo warrior stands in front of the church of the Assumption. He was the epic character of the History of the Kingdom of Asturias and the Christian conquest of the Peninsula against the Muslims. He was the first king of Asturias. His grave is in his military refuge: in the Holy Cave of Covadonga.
Peaks of Europe
The first National Park, together with Ordesa and Monte Perdido, declared in Spain. More than 2,000 hectares of the municipality of Cangas de Onís. It's hard to explain with word, you have to go and see it by yourself.
According to the legend it was here where Don Pelayo defeated the Muslims. The Holy Cave of Covadonga is the main attraction of the region. The Deva River falls under the Holy Cave and feeds the Fountain of the Seven Pipes. Those young women who drink from this fountain will get married the next year, according to a popular local song.
Church of the Assumption
The Church of Cangas de Onís is located in the main square of the old Town Hall. It was built in 1963. Its 33 m tower attracts attention: it has six bells on three different floors.
The Covadonga lakes
They are beautiful. There are three lakes: the Enol, the Ercina and the Bricial, the smallest. To see them you have to go during the thawing season. They are lakes above 1,000 m altitude and surrounded by pastures and cows. The lakes are 12 km from the Sanctuary of Covadonga.
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According to tradition, King Alfonso I `The Catholic` constructed this building on 746, and the excavations carried out at the start of the refurbishing work to turn it into a Parador de Turismo confirm this idea.
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