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Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo

Plaza de Alfonso II El Casto, 33003 Oviedo, Spain
985 221 033
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Ranked #9 of 29 attractions in Oviedo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Cathedral of San Salvador The Cathedral of San Salvador is a Gothic church started in 1348 and finished at the end of the 15th century. It is one of... more »
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Ancona, Italy
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846 reviews 846 reviews
494 attraction reviews
618 helpful votes 618 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

They're are both very, very interesting. The Holy Chamber for the building itself, its immense age, its royal history, its barrel-ceiling and its columns with paired saints with strange, heraldic-looking monsters beneath their feet, and the extraordinary variety of precious relics it holds - the sudarium (we see a copy, with the reliquary which holds the real sudarium), the original... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

While the Cathedral and it's windows are impressive, we LOVED the pre-Romanesque Camara Sancta. The museum has quite a few worthwhile pieces (especially the wooden panels from the choir that was removed from the cathedral.)

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Warrington
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14 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Very gothic & very nice square to wander around, lots of places for. Coffee and food nearby. The walk to the cathedral was all flat with no steep areas.

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Chicago, IL
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25 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The cathedral is very pretty! It's a must see in Oviedo! Like some of the visitors noted, it is dark inside when you visit later in the day. I didn't have too many problems with lighting when I visited early but the couple times I was there later, it was quite dark. However with that being said, the alter as... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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66 reviews 66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Very overdone. Lots of detail and gilting. No photography allowed. Very typical of its era and Spanish houses of worship.

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Porto, Portugal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The cathedral is poorly illuminated; perhaps this is why it is not possible to take photos inside... We could hardly see the panels behind the main altarpiece.

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Findlay, Ohio, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The cathedral was absolutely beautiful. The best natural light I have ever seen in an old cathedral. The alter was absolutely beautiful with the gold details on the psalms engravings.

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Dublin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

An absolute must see if you go to Oviedo! The oldest part of the cathedral dates back to the 13th century. The façade was built in 1774. There are also some significant relics stored in the "camera sancta" (sacred room), which can be seen for a small price. There are also incredibly ornate carved, wooden side alters all over the... More

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Located at the focal center of the old town, it opens into the plaza where (on weekends) you can see local dances and hear music from the bagpipes.

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Germany
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

The Cathedral is one of the centerpieces of conservative Oviedo's social and political life. It contains a series of beautiful chapels and a small but significant museum.

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