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Old Apr 6, 2011, 9:07 PM   #11
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Great shots indeed - well done, thanks for sharing them, they're really good!
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Old Apr 7, 2011, 7:38 AM   #12
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the maximum elevation is 2648 meters but is hard to get there due to the shape of the mountain ... even for the most daring climbers

The highest point we've been to is at 1611 meters ... just ahead of the location indicated in picture # 7.
We were going in our 4x4 truck but had to turn back because of snow.
The walks we did were not in such high elevations, was along a river at 1200 meters altitude.
Thank you for the answer. Been out to the Rockies a few times in the western US and love it.

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Old Apr 7, 2011, 9:56 AM   #13
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Great series! I like them all. The image in the tunnel is very interesting and cool
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Old Apr 7, 2011, 12:35 PM   #14
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Thanks Stef.

I have plenty to choose from ... maybe tonight I'll post some more when I get home
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Old Apr 7, 2011, 6:50 PM   #15
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Thanks Dyane, Square One and Mick for your words

some more photos from vacations


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small chapel built within the rock

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Old Apr 8, 2011, 3:45 PM   #16
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Didn’t know you added more shots on this thread. More nice shots. I really like #4 of the church. The place in the cave looks very interesting.

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Old Apr 8, 2011, 9:00 PM   #17
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Thanks JJ

It's really interesting indeed.

Sorry for the long text, but someone may have the curiosity to read
I'm portuguese and the original text was in spanish... so I hope i didn't mess up with translation to english

Description and History of “La Santa Cueva” (The Holy Cave)

The origin of the cave as a place of worship is controversial. Tradition has it that Don Pelayo, chasing a criminal who had taken refuge in the cave, he meets a hermit who was worshiping the Virgin Mary. The hermit asked Pelayo to forgive the wrongdoer, since it had resorted to the protection of the Virgin, and says that one day that he too would need to seek shelter in the Cave. Some historians say the most plausible is that Pelayo and Christian refugees in the Cave of Muslims, brought with them an image of the Virgin and leave her there after his victory at the Battle of Covadonga.

Muslim chronicles about the Battle of Covadonga say that Pelayo forces took refuge in the cave, feeding on honey that bees left in the crevices of the rock. Christian chronicles claim that the miraculous intervention of the Virgin Mary was instrumental in the victory, repelling attacks from Cave.

First construction in the Holy Cave dates back to the reign of Alfonso I (Afonso one), the Catholic who, to commemorate the victory of Don Pelayo to the Muslims, built a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, that would give rise to the invocation of Our Lady of Covadonga (popularly known as La Santina). In addition to the altar to the Virgin built two for San Juan Bautista and San Andrés. Alfonso I (Afonso one) make delivery of this church to the Benedictine monks.

The cave was covered with wood, and in 1777 a fire destroyed the original form of Santina. The current form of the sixteenth century was donated to the shrine by the Cathedral of Oviedo in 1778. The sculpture of the Virgin is painted wood, sweet-featured, secure baby and a golden rose.

During the civil war, the Virgin's image disappears and is found at the Spanish Embassy in France in 1939. The present Romanesque-style chapel, is the work of Luis Menéndez Pidal, and Alvarez.

La Santa Cueva inside


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Rui,

Wow, thank you very much for taking the time to tell the story behind this special place. The thing that makes this forum so special is not the shots but the people behind the shots and the information they can share to all of us.

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Old Apr 8, 2011, 10:30 PM   #19
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Your welcome.

It's always a plesure to post and give to know a little bit of what we can when we receive such a great feedback like we receive here.

Sharing different places, different cultures... different points of view... things that other people may never have the oportunity to experience...

And if we can do it with (good) photos, awesome
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I didn't see that you had added more photos either. Wow what a place, the church and cave shots are really lovely. Looks like you have a fab holiday, thanks for sharing your photos.
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