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Virtual tour of the Covaciella cave

  • Digitalisation process of the Covaciella cave © Fundación ITMA/S.Relanzon

    Digitalisation process of the Covaciella cave © Fundación ITMA/S.Relanzon

  • Digitalisation process of the Covaciella cave © Fundación ITMA/S.Relanzon

    Digitalisation process of the Covaciella cave © Fundación ITMA/S.Relanzon

  
  


" The prehistoric art in the cave of La Covaciella is revealed in all its detail. ..."

The prehistoric art in the cave of La Covaciella is revealed in all its detail. This virtual tour offers the unique chance to take an in-depth visit to its gallery, and admire with your own eyes these rock paintings which have been perfectly conserved for thousands of years. The cave, which is closed to the public, is part of the prehistoric ensemble known by the name of Altamira Caves and Palaeolithic Cave Art of northern Spain, which has been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage designation.

In 1994, in the area known as Las Estazadas in Cabrales (Asturias), the cave of La Covaciella was discovered completely by chance. Several of the local inhabitants succeeded in gaining access to the grotto through an opening which had been made due to nearby road works. They were the first to be amazed by the artworks to be seen on its walls. Now you too can enjoy these valuable cave paintings thanks to this virtual visit offered by the Cabrales Town Council.

La Covaciella is formed by a gallery 40 metres long which opens out onto a great chamber. Its interior space has been sealed to human presence since time immemorial, when the original entrance became blocked due to natural causes. Although it is closed to the public, the prehistoric art it contains can be enjoyed at the visitor centre in Casa Bárcena in the village of Carreña de Cabrales; as well as through this virtual visit that we present here, at technological tool which enables the public to discover conveniently every corner of the cave through their computer screen.

Make the most of this opportunity to admire its bison from close-up. You'll be able to see every last detail of the volumes and the techniques with which they were created, and to see for yourself why La Covaciella forms part of our World Heritage.

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