Santa Cueva de Covadonga, Spain

Tucked into a hillside deep in the Asturian countryside, you’ll find the Santa Cueva de Covadonga.

DSC_2701A staircase leads to the chapel and it is worth the climb.

DSC_2686The photo above gives some perspective to the terrain here, which is quite mountainous. Pulling back a little, you can see the altar to the right of the chapel.

DSC_2688This is a place of pilgrimage for many believers. It was impressive to see their devotion and respect.

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Covadonga, Spain

Pelayo won a great victory in Covadonga, taking advantage of tactics and terrain to save his kingdom from conquest. As a result, shrines were built and later a massive church.

DSC_2673You can see how the church stands upon an outcropping in the valley. Here’s the statue of Pelayo:

DSC_2669And check out the mountain in the background. The scenery in this part of Spain is nothing short of stunning. Here’s another perspective on the church.6D210737-35CF-49AD-AF5C-D3E598BBA6E3I’ll have another post soon that shows the tiny chapel built into a hillside cave. Check back frequently.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Most of the cathedrals I’ve seen are hundreds and hundreds of years old. It’s the rare opportunity to see one under construction. However, in Barcelona, Spain, you can see La Sagrada Familia in the works.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

While I’m not a fan of Gaudi, I must admit, this cathedral is spectacular. The detail is as dramatic as the sweeping spires.

Entrance to La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

Entrance to La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

Be sure to get your tickets in advance. If not, you’ll wait literally hours to get inside. And it’s worth it! So get those tickets and see this place. Magnificent.

 

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Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia (2014)

As long as we’re on the subject of religious buildings, let’s take a look at the Church of the Vera Cruz in Segovia, Spain.

Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

The building was dedicated in 1208, more than 800 years ago. Inside, you’ll find an elevated chamber within the main structure.

Inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

A staircase leads up to this inner sanctum.

Staircase inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Staircase inside the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

There’s an altar within that chamber that you see in the next photo:

Altar inside the inner chamber at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Altar inside the inner chamber at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

From up there you have a view down to the side chapels, such as this one:

View to one of the chapels in the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

View to one of the chapels in the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

You’ll also find this reliquary in a separate place:

Reliquary at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Reliquary at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

The exterior also bears a number of carved columns that are worth investigating.

Exterior carvings at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

Exterior carvings at the Church of the Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain.

This is the third time I’ve visited this building. However, it was only the first time that I was able to go inside. Be sure to check the hours of operation prior to arrival.