Covadonga (co-officially, in Asturian, Cuadonga) is a parish of the council of Cangas de Onís in the Principality of Asturias, Spain, as well as its only population, with the category of place, of said parish.
In this parish is the Santurio del Real Sitio de Covadonga, with the Holy Cave 2 and the Basilica of Covadonga, forming part of the Picos de Europa National Park. Nearby, already outside the parish, are also known as Lagos de Covadonga.
MONUMENTAL COMPLEX OF THE SANCTUARY
The Royal Site of Covadonga has the most visited monumental complex in Asturias. It is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin of Covadonga (La Santina), commemorating the Battle of Covadonga.
Holy Cave of Covadonga:
The central element of the Sanctuary is the Holy Cave, where the Chapel-Tabernacle is located with the image of the Virgin of Covadonga and the tomb of Don Pelayo. According to tradition, Don Pelayo and his men would have taken refuge in this place during the Battle of Covadonga.
San Pedro (St. Peter) Monastery:
Next to the Holy Cave stands the Monastery of San Pedro, inhabited by a community of canons. The building includes a house of spiritual exercises.
Basilica of Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga:
The Basilica of Santa María la Real de Covadonga stands near the Santa Cueva and the monastery complex. Designed by Roberto Frassinelli and built between 1877 and 1901 by the architect Federico Aparici y Soriano, a neo-Romanesque style built entirely in pink limestone.
In addition, in the esplanade of the Basilica are:
The Chapter House of the Monastery of San Pedro, which consists of the Chapter Hall, a library and a reception hall; The Museum of the Royal Site of Covadonga; The statue of Don Pelayo, made in bronze by the sculptor Gerardo Zaragoza in 1964; La Campanona, three meters high and 4,000 kilos bell built in 1900 in La Felguera whose sculptor was the Italian Francesco Saverio Sortini, donated by Count Sizzo-Noris and Luis Gómez Herrero. Winner of the first prize of the Paris Expo; The obelisk with the replica of the Cruz de la Victoria of 1857, raised by the Dukes of Montpensier in the place called "The Repelao", where tradition says that Don Pelayo was crowned king.
*Location: 340 Km north from Madrid.
*Duration: One day.
*Best time: June-September.