Basílica de Santa María la Real de Covadonga

Cangas de Onís, Spain

Basílica de Santa María la Real de Covadonga was designed by the German architect Roberto Frassinelli and built between 1877 and 1901 by architect Federico Aparici y Soriano. It is a Neo-Romanesque church made entirely of pink limestone.

In 1777 a fire destroyed the old temple, which stood adjacent to the Holy Cave where Our Lady of Covadonga is revered. It was then decided to raise a new church as a monumental sanctuary, raising donations from all of Spain; the plan was opposed by the local council, as the canons wanted to rebuild the temple of the Holy Cave and build an ambitious sanctuary that had once been designed by Ventura Rodríguez, but never completed.

One century later, the project was resumed by King Alfonso XII of Spain, who was interested in completing this work. The classic design of Ventura Rodríguez was very difficult and expensive and was replaced by a new neo-Medieval design.

This new project was devised by Roberto Frassinelli, known as The German of Corao, who was more an artist than architect, and was replaced by Federico Aparici y Soriano, who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. Despite this decision, Frassinelli could direct the works.



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Founded: 1877-1901
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Lluis Higini Melero Peris (5 months ago)
The Covadonga sanctuary is a highly visited place with a large influx of people. There is a bus line that goes up from Canga de Onís to the Basilica where the bus stop is. The bus that takes you to the lakes also leaves from this stop. In our case we went up by car to the Basilica and later to go up to the lakes we took the bus. A good way to avoid saturating destinations.
Maria J. (8 months ago)
For me, the most beautiful basilica there is, it has a beautiful setting. There are two parking lots in the upper area that allow you to park very well, without having to leave the car in the lower area.
Turboporro (12 months ago)
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‘икep’ (2 years ago)
The place is very nice, great to spend the day
Fran G Locubiche (2 years ago)
Great visit in Asturias with access until 8 by car and from that time you can take a bus from Cangas de Onis. It is a very visited place and there is a large influx of people so you have to take it easy. The first stop is the basilica and several places where you can eat including a hotel. At the second stop you have the lakes that there are two and that can be easily visited on foot. Great views and very easy to perform. Highly recommend both points.
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