San Salvador de Oviedo Cathedral
The cathedral is Gothic styled, and is settled over a basilica built by Fruela I devoted to St.
Salvador. Building began towards the end of the 13th century and ended in the second half of the
The main façade was created by Juan de Badajoz and Pedro de Buyeres. The tower (15th century)
is notable because of its thin spire with fretwork. The temple has three naves with lateral
chapels, a transept and a renaissance ambulatory. Several plants motifs adorn the capitals of the
long pillars that support the cathedral roof. The main altarpiece, with fretwork baldachin,
recounts the life of Christ in images in a Flemish influenced Gothic style.
The Baroque Royal Pantheon is in the “Rey Casto” chapel, in which the former Kings of
Asturias lie. The fresco on the sacristy vault is also Baroque and was painted by Martinez de
Bustamante. The Diocesan Museum lies in the cloister and is home to a number of major