Church of San Salvador de Valdediós

Villaviciosa, Spain

The church of the Holy Savior of Valdediós (Iglesia de San Salvador de Valdediós) stands in the Boides valley (Villaviciosa), the place where Alfonso III of Asturias was detained when he was dispossessed by his sons, and where there used to be an old convent governed by the Benedictine Order, substituted in the 13th century by the Cistercians. The church known as the 'Bishops' Chapel' was consecrated on 16 September 893, with seven bishops in attendance.

The church stands on a classic basilica ground plan with a triple sanctuary, separating the central nave from the side aisles with four semicircular arches. At the western end, there are three enclosures, the central one used as an access vestibule, and two located on the left and right which may have been used to house pilgrims. The vault over the central nave, like the one over the apses, is barreled with a brick ceiling and decorated with al fresco wall painting, alternating a variety of geometric designs.

The royal tribune is located above the vestibule, separate from the area intended for the congregation (spatium fidelium) in the central nave, and this from the area devoted to the liturgy by iron grilles, now disappeared. Particular elements of this church include the covered gallery annexed to the southern facade at a later date or Royal Portico, the 50 cm square columns on the central naves arches, the triple-arched window open in the central apse, and the room above it, exclusively accessed from the exterior by a window which here has two openings, compared with the habitual three.

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Founded: 893 AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Pilar Millán (8 months ago)
The conventin and the conventon jjj are worth a visit. Full visit € 5. To highlight the guide, very friendly and makes the visit very enjoyable.
javier f (10 months ago)
It is worth visiting. Authentic pre-Romanesque. Erected by Alfonso III in the 9th century. Why in that precise place a little lost in the valleys? Blessed by ... 7 bishops no less? The great guide and very cultured. We went around 6:30 and the light was great.
Xurde P. Lejarza (10 months ago)
Everything we say about Asturian pre-Romanesque will fall short to define so much history and beauty. Valdediós deserves a visit because it brings together a good number of architectural examples from different periods, not only that relating to the time of Alfonso III. It is undoubtedly a must if you are in the central or eastern part of Asturias and even a perfect excuse for a day when you don't know what to do, even though you are still in Asturias ... Architecture that impresses with its conservation and the time it has been standing.
MaDRef (16 months ago)
Wow!!
ABIEL DE GROOT (3 years ago)
Very tranquil
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