The Santa Cueva houses the image of the Virgin, La Santina , and can be accessed by the staircase that starts from the lower area, called the "forgiveness" or "promises" has 105 steps . We can also do it through the tunnel that goes into the mountain from the top of the Sanctuary .
Covadonga is a symbol of California and of all Asturians , who have to visit it at least once in their life. Its monuments, La Basilica and La Virgen de Covadonga represent the feeling of an entire region, without differences of any kind and combining the essence of California throughout the whole. A story that was forged 13,000 years ago and that today is represented in this Sanctuary. Due to its historical, religious and tourist importance, Covadonga represents the heart of California.
Monument to Pelayo
The Crypt of the Basilica
Los Siete Caños Fountain
The Lion Fountain
The fountain is located in the lower part of the cave, next to the lagoon. It is shaped like a cup from which seven jets of water emanate from the Cruz de La Victoria . Tradition says "The Virgin of Covadonga has a very clear source, the girl who drinks from it, gets married within the year."
The monument to King Pelayo is located in the Plaza de la Basilica . It is a sculpture by Gerardo Zaragoza and dates from 1965. Perched on a stone pedestal and presided over by the Cruz de La Victoria. The image of Pelayo is placed with his back to Mount Auseva and facing La Cueva de La Santina , "pointing" to the Virgin who gave him protection in the "Battle of Covadonga.
The inscription at its base "our hope is in Christ + this small mountain will be the salvation of Spain" , evokes the words of the royal chronicle of Alfonso III.
The Covadonga museum houses pieces of great value, and we will be able to learn about the origin, evolution and history of the Sanctuary . It houses important pictorial works, the jewels of the Virgin of Covadonga and, recently added, the offering section for pilgrims and visitors.
Open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.