Commissioned by Alfonso II the Chaste, the Holy Chamber is the place that safeguards Asturias' most valuable treasures: the Cross of the Angels, symbol of the city of Oviedo, and the Victory Cross, a symbol of Asturias emblazoned on the flag. What is believed to be the Holy Shroud of Christ is also safeguarded here.
The Holy Chamber is rectangular and has two floors; the lower one, called the Chapel or Crypt of Santa Leocadia, is covered with a barrel vault supported on plinths with coarse lunettes, while the upper floor, the Chapel of San Miguel, is divided into three sections, retaining the original apse, while the rest dates from the second half of the 12th century. It is covered with a barrel vault reinforced with three transversal ribs supported on six limestone columns, to which pairs of statues of the twelve Apostles areaffixed.
Also embedded in the wall inside above the entrance door are three heads carved in stone, corresponding to a Crucifixion which originally also held painted bodies. Today, the painted part has totally disappeared.Built in: 9th Century
November to February
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm.
March, April, May and October
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm.
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-8:00pm.
July and August
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm.
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm and from 14th to 21st, 10:00am-5:00pm.
It will remain closed to visitors on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, and on Saturdays from 6 pm.
Whenever liturgical celebrations are being held, there are only "partial" visits (Holy Chamber, Museum and Cloister)
General entry to the Cathedral
- - Individuals (including audio guide), 13-65 years of age - €7.00
- - Pensioners (including audio guide) and groups of over 15 people - €6.00
- - Schoolchildren from 12-18 years of age accompanied by a teacher, university students - €5,00
- - Accredited pilgrims, large families and the unemployed - €4.00
Partial tour* (Holy Chamber, Museum, Cloister)
Whenever liturgical celebrations are being held in the Central Nave.
- - General public - €5.00
- - Accredited pilgrims, large families and the unemployed - €3.00
Group rates, accompanied by accredited guides:
- - Full Visit - €5.00
- - Partial Visit - €4.00 (Only when religious celebrations are being held in the Central Nave)
These prices will be temporarily reduced by €1 while the Church Museum remains closed.
The Mass timetable on Sundays and Holy Days: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 a.m., 13 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.