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My trip to Northern Spain in 2011 – part 3

Today I was going to do some sight seeing as my wee poorly feet were sore and had blisters on from the last two treks.

I was going to see the towns of Cangas de Onis and Covadonga.

Cangas de Onis is a town in the eastern part of the province of Asturias.

This bridge was built by the Romans.

An ancient Roman bridge lead into the town.

The ancient Roman bridge runs over the Sella River.

Cangas de Onis is not only an ideal base for trekking, but also kayaking in the river.

This church is in the centre of Cangas de Onis.

The town was small but pleasent for a wee stay.

Santa Cruz de Cangas de Onís is a small chapel in Cangas de Onís.

Santa Cruz de Cangas de Onís is a small chapel in the town. It was founded on an artificial mound by Favila, second king of Asturias. It was begun in 737 and consecrated that same year on 27 October according to its original foundation stone, which has been called the first literary monument of the Reconquista.

Santa Cruz originally housed the Cruz de la Victoria, an oak cross supposedly carried by Pelagius, Favila’s father, at the Battle of Covadonga.

The Battle of Covadonga of 722 was the first major victory by a Christian military force in Iberia following the Muslim Moors’ conquest in 711. The victory is regarded as the beginning of the Reconquista from the Muslins.

We then drove to the town of Covadonga. A huge Basilica devoted to Pelagius is seen from all around.

Basilica of Santa María la Real of Covadonga.

Our Lady of Covadonga is a title of the Virgin Mary, and a shrine devoted to her at Covadonga.

Place where Our Lady of Covadonga appeared to Pelagius.

According to tradition Pelagius retreated to a cave where a hermit had hidden a statue of the Virgin Mary from the Moors. He prayed to the virgin for victory.

Inside the caves of the Our Lady of Covadonga.

After visiting Covadonga, I went to the village of Poo to laugh at the village name sign.

The town of Poo.

Then I headed to the Colon Bar for a stiff drink.

The drinks from the Colon Bar were great.

All around Northern Spain were large Storks and it is common to see their nests on top of towers, rooftops and columns.

Stork nestings are seen throughout Northern Spain.

My Colonel phoned me up saying he had an urgent mission for me behind enemy lines. So I flew back to my barracks for a mission briefing.

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