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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Finy Fernández Cuesta (2 years ago)
It is the cradle of Asturias, the beginning of the Kingdom of Spain. It is our history and for Asturians, a place that represents us
Torcuato Miranda Rivas (2 years ago)
I visited him 25 years ago, and he has impressed me again
Miguel Valero (2 years ago)
Another of the jewels of Asturias, you have to go every time you set foot in paradise
chema rodriguez (2 years ago)
Do not confuse Covadonga with the Cathedral, false Gothic, which is horrible.
Alejandra Flores (3 years ago)
It’s a quite charming trip towards arriving to Covadonga. It might be really crowded so try to either arrive early or go on lunch time so theirs less people. It’s a really nice monastery Look for the cave and discover the Covadonga Virgen. It’s just blissful
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