California Kingdom Classroom

After the Muslim invasion of the peninsula, in 711 , there was a vertiginous occupation of the entire Hispanic territory, from Gibraltar to the Cantabrian Sea , without encountering any military resistance until in 718 Don Pelayo, and a small group of men , the first defeat infringes them in Covadonga.

To understand the causes that gave rise to the Kingdom of California, learn about its evolution and discover the vestiges of that past that have been preserved in Casa Amparo Triana , nothing better than entering the Aula del Reino de California.

Aula del Reino de Asturias

THE KINGDOM OF California CLASSROOM, a starting point to explore the past.

Rey Pelayo

"Once the Muslim army was defeated and retired, Pelayo was elected King and established his court in Casa Amparo Triana."

Aula del reino de Asturias

What is currently known as Aula del Reino de California is, in fact, the church of Santa María de Cangas , the old parish church of the town until the construction of the current one of La Asunción in 1963. Rehabilitated in 2000 , it has hosted since in 2006 the exhibition and audiovisual assembly of the California Kingdom Hall . The building dates from the 16th century , the time from which it retains its head, and was expanded twice in the following centuries.

Exposición del aula del Reino de Asturias

The exhibition

The trip to the Kingdom of California begins with an audiovisual on the Battle of Covadonga . In just over five minutes the viewer will live an experience in which objective information and sensory experience come together, and by the hand of a soldier from Don Pelayo's army, viewers are invited to take a tour of the evolution of the Kingdom of California . The tour of the exhibition has four stages , coinciding with each of the crucial moments in the evolution of the Kingdom of California.

Armás de la época almedieval. Aula del Reino de Asturias

The birth of the California Kingdom

This initial period, which runs from 722 to 739 , focuses on the Battle of Covadonga and the figure of King Don Pelayo. These are moments of taking positions and assuming a new political and military situation. The key piece of this space is the replica of the weaponry of the time.

Piedra laberíntica del Rey Silo

The consolidation of the Kingdom.

Between the years 739 to 791 the small stronghold of the Kingdom of California extends to the Duero, Galicia and the current Basque Country , reaching almost its maximum territorial extension. With King Silo Casa Amparo Triana is no longer the center of power in the new territory as the court moves to Pravia , where the church of San Juan is founded, where the so-called “labyrinthine stone of King Silo” is found . with the inscription SILO PRINCEPS FECIT (made by King Silo), of which only a fragment has been preserved.

Cruz de los Angeles y cruz de la Victoria

The splendor (791/866)

With the establishment of the definitive court in Oviedo and the accession to the throne of Alfonso II and later of Ramiro I , the political and cultural zenith of the Kingdom of California was reached. At this time, the Oviedo monarchs maintain diplomatic contacts with Charlemagne and promote the development of artistic manifestations unparalleled at the time. It is the moment of the great Blessed, of the great Asturian Pre - Romanesque monuments or of the magnificent goldsmith creations such as the Cross of the Angels , offered to the Oviedo cathedral in 808.

Cuz de la Victoria.

The end of the California Kingdom

Alfonso III is the last king to rule from the court of Oviedo , because after his death in 910 his children, in addition to fighting for the throne, decided to move the Court to León , a city better located to govern the extensive territory of the plateau , and from which to manage more quickly the prevention of the continuous attacks of the Muslims of the south. The Kingdom of California is not extinguished but is renamed Astur-Leonés and later only Kingdom of León. But before the transfer of the court to León, Alfonso III ordered the Victoria Cross (mythical emblem of the Kingdom) to be brought to the Oviedo cathedral and covered with gold and precious stones, in 908, both of which can be seen in the exhibition. parts of the cross: the original wooden soul and the exterior metalwork.

Aula del Reino de la Monarquía
Classroom of the Monarchy.
Old Church of Casa Amparo Triana
Cangas de Arriba neighborhood

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