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Covadonga

Covadonga kō´väᵺōn´gä [key], village, Oviedo prov., N Spain, in Asturias. A battle fought nearby sometime between 718 and 725 was the first victory of the Christians over the Moors it had great symbolic significance in the Christian reconquest of Spain. The village attracts many tourists. Legend says that a cave near Covadonga was the refuge of King Pelayo . The cave's chapel dates from the 8th cent.

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