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Chapel of Santa Cruz

  • Detail of the dolmen inside the chapel of Capilla de Santa Cruz. Cangas de Onís © Infoasturias - Arnaud Späni

    Detail of the dolmen inside the chapel of Capilla de Santa Cruz. Cangas de Onís © Infoasturias - Arnaud Späni

  

Category

Monolith

Date

Late 3rd millennium B.C. – early 2nd millennium B.C.

Style

Prehistoric
Avenida de Contranquil, s/n
33550 Cangas de Onís
Asturias
Asturias

Telephone+34 985848043

Websitehttp://www.cangasdeonis.es

This unique monument is associated with a series of historic remains and ancient legends.

The current chapel is a modern reconstruction dating from 1951 on the site of the building which was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
The original chapel was consecrated at the end of the 8th century by King Favila of Asturias, the second king of the Asturian monarchy and son of King Pelayo. It is therefore considered to be the first Christian church built after the Muslim invasion. Its only surviving elements are the foundation stone bearing an inscription with the date (27-X-737). Legend has it that King Favila and his wife were buried here.
The crypt of the church contains an unexpected treasure: a perfectly preserved dolmen that is some 3,000 years old. Its burial chamber is adorned with rock carvings and paintings from the same period.
 

Practical information

Timetables

 

Monday to Sunday

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Rates

 

General: €2

Children: Free admission

Wednesday

Free admission

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