Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo

Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo

Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo

Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo
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Thierry D
Mesa, AZ130 contributions
Chatholic Spanish powers along centuries concentrated in this place to try inside Christian saoul experiment.
Apr 2021 • Family
Si goldy place, very big show of catholic power in Spain but makes u understanding why south and Central America was until now persecuted for gold and king expansion during centuries. Anyway, mixed Roman, gothic, baroque and rococo to show pilgrims how important Camino de Compostella was and is so so so until now a way to discover Christ inside and outside your real Christian way of changes in walk, spirit, meetings and prying times to discover yourself
Written May 30, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,012 contributions
The Cathedral with a modest architectural, but a great symbolic value.
Jun 2019
The tourist significance of this Cathedral is recorded by its inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage site "Roads to Santiago de Compostela"in 2015. The reason for inclusion is not the architectural value of the Cathedral, but its significance for pilgrims. From the point of view of architecture, the value of the Cathedral is doubtful. It is not symmetrical because it is incomplete. The left tower is missing. Money ran out... The most important thing is inside. However, to say "Wow!" you have to be a Spanish Catholic. Then the pilgrimage route could end right here. In the Cathedral, according to Catholics, there is a Sudarium (Shroud) that allegedly covered the face of Jesus Christ, which is mentioned in the gospel of John. The history of the Shroud is known since the VII century. According the legend it was taken from Jerusalem and passed through Egypt's Alexandria to Spain. To store the relic, the Camara Santa ("Holy chamber") was built, around which the Cathedral of San Salvador later arose. The relic is kept in an oak casket covered with silver plates with a chased pattern. We must believe in the historicity of the Shroud. Since the time of Erasmus of Rotterdam, it is known for instance that several buildings could be built using all the parts of the True Cross located in the temples of Europe. And there`re 33 nails in different churches of the world, but 3 or 4. The presence of the most trifling relic immediately raised the status of the temple in the eyes of the congregation. That meant pilgrims and money. And in the case of Oviedo, the ideological status of the heart of the Reconquista, necessary in the fight against the Moors. The rest of the Cathedral's collection of relics is nfinitely far from the preaching of non-violence and the brotherly love of Christ. The Church doesn`t need a living Christ, it needs the Apostle Peter, who can first cut off the ear. The relics are associated with the war of the Asturian kings with the Moors - the Cross of the angels,presented to the Cathedral by king Alfonso II in 808, the Victory cross, presented exactly a century later by Alfonso III. There`s the cross of king Pelayo inside, symbol of the victory in the battle with the Muslims at Covadonga and the independence of Asturias. This cross is on the flag of Asturias. In addition, there is an Agate casket, a Holy ark, and the relics of St. Leocadia, a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity. and the priest who sheltered her. In addition to the relics and relics of the first category, there is a whole set of remains of Asturian kings and a dozen influential bishops who bought (sorry, deserved) the right to rest in such a cool environment. The only ambush is during the Cathedral's opening hours. The break for his Majesty's Siesta until June 30 is almost three hours. This is the main relic of Spain, which can not be attacked. That's why I didn't get to the Cathedral. And there was no way to wait for 16 hours. I don`t believe that a linen handkerchief after 6 centuries can suddenly be found intact with preserved bloodstains...
Written April 9, 2020
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arlenalovetravel
56 contributions
Through the eyes of a Literature Character
Sep 2019 • Friends
The highlight of my trip to Oviedo was seeing the city, the history of its buildings, its present and past through the eyes of a 19th century literature female character personified by a real actress, whose tour I took outside Oviedo’s cathedral. I have a Spanish Masters but people who don’t care about literature enjoyed the explanation just as much. Imagine a woman dressed as if she were in the 19th century, reciting scenes from Spain’s famous novella, La Reggenta, as she walks the city where the story based in real life takes place. She talks how it always rains and you are walking around and it’s raining ☔️ she explains how the only thing to do is hide from the cold in coffee houses, while she dreams of her lover, stays in a loveless marriage and confesses her sins to the priest.
Written December 10, 2019
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Louisa H
Staffordshire, UK208 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2019 • Couples
It is lovely to go inside but not necessary to enjoy this place as there is such beauty on.the outside and seats opposite to enjoy and study.
Written November 18, 2019
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Alex F
The Villages, FL1,029 contributions
How beautiful
Oct 2019 • Couples
Normally, I don’t pay to visit a church. But, today I did and it was worth it! Beautiful, well kept, clean and easy to visit. The museum, was first class. This is the starting point for the Camino Primitivo.
Written October 16, 2019
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spidergirlBoston
Boston208 contributions
beautiful cathedral and lovely plaza
Jul 2019
My daughter and I attended Mass at the cathedral in Oviedo. Our Spanish is poor but it was still a beautiful experience to attend Mass there. We walked around Oviedo enjoying a gelato after Mass and returned to the cathedral to see it in different light. We walked across the plaza just as the church bells started ringing. Lovely experience.
Written October 14, 2019
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livingnloving
Reston, VA42 contributions
Lovely cathedral
Oct 2019 • Couples
Gorgeous architecture. Make sure to visit the garden next door. Through that garden you can enter a side chapel with a beautiful altar piece in gold
Written October 2, 2019
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Patricia O
London386 contributions
Worth the entrance fee
Sep 2019
I don't usually hold with paying to enter churches but I have changed my mind. How else can you ensure an 8th century building is maintained?! In any case, the audio guide supplied with the 7 euro fee was excellent and there was so much of interest in this wonderful building. Whether you believe the relics are real doesn't really matter as their stories are fascinating.
Written September 22, 2019
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clivetwooaks
Wokingham, UK269 contributions
Beautiful building, stunning altar screen
Aug 2019
This imposing cathedral is well worth a visit. The most interesting part of the interior is the extraordinary altar screen, a huge, multi-scene diorama which dominates the eastern end of the nave. I also enjoyed the chapel which forms the oldest part of the building, which contains some curious and delightful statues of various saints (including blue-eyed Thomas). The cloisters are also very fine.
Written September 7, 2019
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eagertraveller123
UK1,113 contributions
Beautiful - shame it was closed
Aug 2019 • Solo
This was a beautiful cathedral, no doubt of great historical significance. I just wish it wasn’t closed between 2 and 4 on a Sunday, no less! What’s up with that?
Written August 18, 2019
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