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Shrine of Our Lady of Pastur
Illano (Western Asturias)
Contact Address
33734 Pastur.

17th Century

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Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Pastur
  • Ecclesiastical
The main shrine in western Asturias

Built in 1665, the Shrine of Our Lady of Pastur is located in the small village of the same name, a few kilometres from Illano, the borough capital. It is the most visited pilgrimage centre in western Asturias, with a huge yew tree rising beside it.

The apse is covered by a barrel vault, while the nave has a wooden gable roof. The choir is at the west end. It has a triumphal arch supported by moulded imposts. The vault of the apse is covered with paintings, dating from 1868, arranged in three strips divided into five square scenes, framed by floral borders, depicting the mysteries of the rosary.

The 18th-century bell gable has three openings and is topped with a pediment. In three of the corners, there are curious carved reliefs depicting very expressive and menacing masks with open mouths and bulging eyes.

The church houses a popular Baroque-style 17th-century altarpiece and several carvings dating from the same period. The dressed statue of Our Lady of Pastur dates from the 18th century. The only carved parts are the figure of the Child and the visible parts of the Virgin Mary, i.e. her hands and head. The rest of the statue is a framework formed by several cross members.

Shrine of Our Lady of Pastur