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Basilica of Santa María Magdalena (Cangas del Narcea)
Cangas del Narcea (Western Asturias)
Colegiata de Santa María Magdalena
  • 9:30am-1:30pm
    Sunday: mornings only
    No visits during religious services.

  • Ecclesiastical
The Basilica de St Mary Magdalene, a former collegiate church, corresponds to the design by Friar Bartolomé Lechuga.

This basilica, built in the 17th century, is one of the best examples of Asturian Baroque. It is located in the town of Cangas del Narcea next to the suspension bridge, one of the symbols of the town, and the weekly market is held in its surroundings.

Santa María Magdalena has a single nave with three chapels on each side, a square east end with three apses, the central one being larger than those on the sides.

Outside it presents a beautiful play of volumes, the crossing covered by the interior dome rising higher than the other parts of the building.

The main façade is divided into a central body and two square side towers. The towers are topped with two turrets, under which there are semi-circular bays for the bells.

In the centre of the façade, on a section that juts out, there is a large semi-circular arched doorway, surrounded by mouldings. Above the lintel, there is a niche topped with a pediment adorned with balls. The entire front of the façade is crowned by another pediment with a coat of arms in the centre. Above this, a railing connects the two towers, and an impost runs below it highlighting the interior height of the church.

Inside, both the nave and the chapels are covered with vaults with lunettes. The part corresponding to the transept is covered by a stone dome. Two of the pendentives of the cupola bear the coats of arms of the Queipo de Llano and Queipo-Valdés families.

Basilica of Santa María Magdalena (Cangas del Narcea)