Oviedo Cathedral

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Cathedral of the Holy Saviour
Catedral de San Salvador (in Spanish)
Façade of the cathedral.
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral, Minor basilica
LeadershipArchbishop Jesús Sanz Montes[1]
LocationOviedo, Spain
Geographic coordinates43°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
Architect(s)Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón
Architectural typeChurch
Architectural styleGothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Renaissance
Direction of façadeO
Criteriaii, iv, vi
Designated1985 (9th session)
Parent listingMonuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias
Reference no.312
State PartySpain
RegionEurope and North America
Official Website

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). Vol. I. Cuenca Busto, Cosme; García de Castro Valdés, César; Hevia Blanco, Jorge; de la Madrid Álvarez, Vidal; Ramallo Asensio, Germán. Oviedo: Ediciones Nobel S.A. ISBN 84-89770-83-2.
  • de Caso, Francisco (1999). La Catedral de Oviedo. Catálogo y bienes muebles (in Spanish). Vol. II. Cuenca Busto, Cosme; García de Castro Valdés, César; Hevia Blanco, Jorge; de la Madrid Álvarez, Vidal; Ramallo Asensio, Germán. Oviedo: Ediciones Nobel S.A. ISBN 84-89770-84-0.
  • 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 978-8-4896-4568-4.
  • Carrero Santamaría, Eduardo (2007). "La ciudad santa de Oviedo. Un conjunto de iglesias para la memoria del rey". Hortus Artium Medievalium (in Spanish). 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 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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