Chapels in Cangas de Onis

Santa Cruz de Cangas de Onís

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The church of Santa Cruz de Cangas de Onís is a small Roman Catholic chapel in Cangas de Onís, the first capital of the Kingdom of Asturias. It was founded on an artificial mound (a pagan dolmen) by Favila, second king of Asturias, and his queen, Froiliuba. It was begun in 737 and consecrated that same year on 27 October according to its original foundation stone, which has been called the first literary monument of the Reconquista.<ref>{{cite book | last = Fernández Conde

Santa Cruz originally housed the Cruz de la Victoria, an oak cross supposedly carried by Pelagius, Favila's father, at the Battle of Covadonga. It was probably the first church constructed after the Islamic invasion of Spain in 711.<ref>Antonio C. Floriano (1949), Restauración del culto cristiano en Asturias en la iniciación de la Reconquista.</ref>

The church was completely rebuilt on two occasions. First in 1632 and again after its destruction in the Spanish Civil War (1936). Then, local authorities decided to uncover the dolmen beneath it, which had been obscured by a church since the fourth century, when the first chapel was put up on that site. Of the original building only the foundation stone survives.

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Carlos Méndez
9 June 2015
Construido sobre un antiguo d santuario, donde se conserva todavía el dolmen. Fue enterrado Favila en el.
Daniel Lora
4 June 2015
Esta Ermita está sobre un montículo artificial que el Rey Favila ordenó construir en el año 737; la actual edificación es de 1950 ya que quedó destruida en agosto de 1936.
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Avenida Contranquil, 7, 33550 Cangas de Onís, Asturias, Spain

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