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Location type: Village
Location address: Spain, Picos de Europa, Covadonga
Number of texts: 2
3 stars
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Covadonga (Asturian: Cuadonga, from Latin: Cova Dominica, “Cavern of the Lady”, Arabic: صخرة بلاي‎ Ṣakhrat Bilāy (“the rock of the affliction or of the putting to the test”)) is a village and one of 11 parishes in Cangas de Onís, a municipality within the province and autonomous community of Asturias, in northwestern Spain. It is situated in the Picos de Europa mountains.

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“The importance of Covadonga lies in what it represents rather than what it is.  Somewhere hereabouts, in approximately CE722, the Muslims received their first defeat in Spain at the hands of King Pelayo, who set up the Asturian Kingdom, considered to be the beginning of the Reconquista - a mere 800 year project.” Lonely Planet, Spain p556.

See Santa Cueva, a cave where the Virgin ‘supposedlt appeared to Pelayo’s warriors.’

Fuente de Siete Canos - a spring below the cave that to drink from is supposed to ensure marriage within the year.  Note to self DON’T DRINK!

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