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Cathedral of the Holy Saviour
Catedral de San Salvador (in Spanish)

Façade of the cathedral.

Basic information
Location Oviedo, Spain
Geographic coordinates 43°21′45.30″N 5°50′35.09″W / 43.362583°N 5.8430806°W / 43.362583; -5.8430806Coordinates: 43°21′45.30″N 5°50′35.09″W / 43.362583°N 5.8430806°W / 43.362583; -5.8430806
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral, Minor basilica
Heritage designation World Heritage Site
Leadership Archbishop Jesús Sanz Montes
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architect(s) Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Renaissance
Direction of façade O
Groundbreaking 781
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Type: Cultural
Criteria: ii, iv, vi
Designated: 1985 (9th session)
Parent listing: Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias
Reference #: 312
Extensions: 1998
State Party: Spain
Region: Europe and North America

The Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Saviour or Cathedral of San Salvador (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana Basílica de San Salvador, Latin: Sancta Ovetensis) is a Roman Catholic cathedral and minor basilica in the centre of Oviedo, in the Asturias region of northern Spain.

Many styles of architectural styles were used in building the cathedral. They include Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. It began as a large Pre-Romanesque basilica in the present location of the Gothic cathedral. That first building was built by order of King Alfonso II of Asturias.


The Cathedral was founded by King Fruela I of Asturias in 781 AD. In 802, his son Alfonso II of Asturias made it bigger. He made Oviedo the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias.

People buried at Oviedo Cathedral

  • Saint Eulogius of Córdoba
  • Fruela I of Asturias
  • Munia Lopez de Gascogne, wife of Fruela I
  • Teresa de Leon, wife of Sancho I of León
  • Jimena De Pamplona, wife of Alfonso III of León
  • Saint Leocadia, relics later moved from Oviedo
  • Saint Pelagius (912-925)

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