Oviedo Cathedral

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Cathedral of the Holy Saviour
Catedral de San Salvador (Spanish)

Main view of the cathedral.

Basic information
Location Oviedo, Spain
Geographic coordinates 43°21′45.30″N 5°50′35.09″W / 43.3625833°N 5.8430806°W / 43.3625833; -5.8430806Coordinates: 43°21′45.30″N 5°50′35.09″W / 43.3625833°N 5.8430806°W / 43.3625833; -5.8430806
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral, Minor basilica
Heritage designation World Heritage Site
Leadership Archbishop Jesús Sanz Montes[1]
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architect(s) Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Gothic
Direction of façade O
Groundbreaking 9th century
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Type: Cultural
Criteria: ii, iv, vi
Designated: 1985 (9th session)
Parent listing: Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias
Reference #: 312
Extensions: 1998
State Party: Spain
Region: Europe and North America

The Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Saviour or Cathedral of San Salvador (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana Basílica de San Salvador, Latin: Sancta Ovetensis) is a Roman Catholic cathedral and minor basilica in the centre of Oviedo, in the Asturias region of northern Spain.

Many styles of architectural styles were used in building the cathedral. They include Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. It began as a large Pre-Romanesque basilica in the present location of the Gothic cathedral. That first building was built by order of King Alfonso II of Asturias.

History[change | change source]

The Cathedral was founded by King Fruela I of Asturias in 781 AD. In 802, his son Alfonso II of Asturias made it bigger. He made Oviedo the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias.

People buried at Oviedo Cathedral[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Oviedo, Spain". gcatholic.org. 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  • Collins, W. W. (1909). "Oviedo". Cathedral cities of Spain. New York: Dodd, Mead and company.
  • de Caso, Francisco (1999). La Catedral de Oviedo. Historia y Restauración (in Spanish). I. Oviedo: Ediciones Nobel S.A. ISBN 84-89770-83-2. Unknown parameter |coauthor= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  • de Caso, Francisco (1999). La Catedral de Oviedo. Catálogo y bienes muebles (in Spanish). II. Oviedo: Ediciones Nobel S.A. ISBN 84-89770-84-0. Unknown parameter |coauthor= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  • Carrero Santamaría, Eduardo (2003). El conjunto catedralicio de Oviedo en la Edad Media. Arquitectura, topografía y funciones en la ciudad episcopal (in Spanish). Oviedo: Real Instituto de Estudios Asturianos. ISBN 9788489645684.
  • Carrero Santamaría, Eduardo (2007). "La ciudad santa de Oviedo. Un conjunto de iglesias para la memoria del rey" (in Spanish). Hortus Artium Medievalium (Zagreb: Institute of Research Center for Late Antiquity and Middle Ages) 13: 275–289. 
  • Wikisource-logo.svg "Diocese of Oviedo". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  •  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Oviedo". Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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