- Church of San Salvador de Valdediós
Church of the Holy Savior of Valdediós
Iglesia de San Salvador de Valdediós (Spanish)
Basic information Location Oviedo, Spain Geographic coordinates Affiliation Roman Catholic Province Asturias Year consecrated 893 Ecclesiastical or organizational status Church Website Official Website Architectural description Architectural type Church Architectural style Pre-Romanesque Specifications Length 16 metres (52 ft) Width 13.3 metres (44 ft) 
The church stands in the Boides valley (Villaviciosa), the place where Alfonso III of Asturias was detained when he was dispossessed by his sons, and where there used to be an old convent governed by the Benedictine Order, substituted in the 13th century by the Cistercians. The church known as the "Bishops' Chapel" was consecrated on 16 September 893, with seven bishops in attendance, and
The church stands on a classic basilica ground plan with a triple sanctuary, separating the central nave from the side aisles with four semicircular arches. At the western end, there are three enclosures, the central one used as an access vestibule, and two located on the left and right which may have been used to house pilgrims. The vault over the central nave, like the one over the apses, is barreled with a brick ceiling and decorated with al fresco wall painting, alternating a variety of geometric designs.
The royal tribune is located above the vestibule, separate from the area intended for the congregation (spatium fidelium) in the central nave, and this from the area devoted to the liturgy by iron grilles, now disappeared. Particular elements of this church include the covered gallery annexed to the southern facade at a later date or Royal Portico, the 50 cm square columns on the central naves arches, the triple-arched window open in the central apse, and the room above it, exclusively accessed from the exterior by a window which here has two openings, compared with the habitual three.
- Arias Paramo, Lorenzo (1992), "Geometría y proporción en la arquitectura prerrománica asturiana" (in Spanish), Actas del III Congreso de Arqueología Medieval Española (Oviedo: Universidad de Oviedo): 27–37, ISBN 8460419169, http://books.google.com/?id=2diqpqpbMeMC&pg=PA27, retrieved 2009-05-31
Pre-romanesque art in the Kingdom of AsturiasPre-Romanesque art in Asturias is framed between the years 711 and 925, the period of the rise and extension of the Kingdom of Asturias. Architecture1st Period (737 to 791)Santa Cruz de Cangas de Onís • Church of San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista2nd Period (791 to 842)3rd period (842 to 866)4th period (866 to 910)Church of San Salvador de Valdediós • Church of Santo Adriano de Tuñón5th period (910 to 925) InfrastructureLa Foncalada Major figures Minor arts Spiritual legacy
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