Covadonga, Asturias, Spain

Covadonga, Asturias, Spain

Covadonga is a village and one of 11 parishes in Cangas de OnĂ­s, a municipality within the province and autonomous community of Asturias, in northwestern Spain. It is situated in the Picos de Europa mountains.

Covadonga is the heart of Asturias in a number of ways. Covadonga’s Holy Cave holds the tomb of Pelayo, who in 722 won the Battle of Covadonga against the Muslim Moors, and later became the first King of Asturias. The victory of Covadonga started the so called Reconquest, a fight of some 800 years between the Muslims and Christians. During the first 200 years after the battle, Asturias was the Christian stronghold in the Iberian Peninsula.

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