Basilica of St. John of Pravia
A unique style and historical character define this basilica.
The beginning of Asturian art.
Despite several reconstructions, this small but historic church built by King Silo in the year 780 dates back to the pre-Romanesque era. The basilica once housed the Royal Pantheon, as the court moved from Cangas de Onís to Pravia, barely 25 minutes from Avilés. Thanks to extant records, we know tha the original structure was very similar to the present one, even though it was decorated with Visigothic-style stone carvings and a baptismal font discovered in one of the more recent restorations. This basilica is historically quite significant as the birthplace of Asturian art in all its glory, being the most ancient of all temples to conserve this style.