This is the front of the XVIth-XVII Renaissance palace (at least what I saw in 2003) that is in Valle, Cantabria, where the saga starts and, according to my research, we all come from (even if most of the family then moved to next door Gulf of Biscaya, and from there to France, Italy and eventually). The palace is really beautiful but it obvioulsly needs works
Mountain Southern Front of Amaya.
Where I set up the seize of Amaya ( Ch 23-25), That very famous roman oppidum doe not exist anymore and you can only see a little village of few houses and even a school today
But today's little village (hardly shown even in the maps) is a pathetic shadow of the splendid fortress ruled by the Duke of Amaya to defend access to Cantabria from centuries. From this picture you cannot believe that was one of the richiest Hiberian towns in Roman Empire.
It is mentioned in Ch XII. Another lovely. pre-romanic church that I would like to restore, shoud we become succesful with our dinasty saga
The Monastery of San Martin
( today San Toribio) where Fafila , Pelayo's son and Froliuba, the hero- fallen-in-battle Teodomiro's daughter, are supposed to marry. This still exists today and was also visited by Pope Johannes Paulus II. It is an important place of pilgrimage and it really has the special Salvation Door I mention in the romance
The source of the Deva
where bad Munuza , always craving for women, will end in terrible agony , devoured by the Xanas
Santa Maria de Flebenia
( today Lebeña). Which I converted into the abandoned benedictine Chapel of the Angels of Love, in the romance. In reality it was built in 925 and it is one of the oldest and most beautiful samples of mozarabic architecture in Spain. I really love that litlle Chapel ( which is hidden in the mountains and I just found by chance). There is a romantic story behind it. The nobel Conde Alfonso ( and his wife Justa) who funded it did try to translate the body of San Toribio from the next door monastry ( above pic 46) but when his servants and his soldiers tried to bury the relics they all fell blind. Conde Alfonso then understood God did not want his holy Toribio to be removed and so Conde Alfonso donated the new church ( Santa Maria) all his possessions and even his and her wife's body to the monastry of San Toribio. Isn't it a great tale? How can one not write a romance on such a richness of religious passion and devotion?
This is about the valley where mountains have eyes as if they are those of the Giants Ezla Legend wants tied those giants for ever to the walls of the mountains as punishment for their betrayal of goddess Astyr ( creator of Asturias) with the beutiful nymphes Xanas.
Puente d la Reina
But in fact is today the Embalse de Riano. However the ancient medieval bridge still exist, if you watch it carefully. I was lucky to see it, because you can only see it when the lake is dry.
And its gloomy and dark waters scared even me. There were supposed to appear the Xanas , to seduce men and then devour them!
The church of Santa Cruz de la Victoria
Built by Fafila, son of Pelayo, possibly in 737, in honour of his father and the victory of Covadonga ( dated 728, but in my reconstruction possibly 714).
The splendid scenarios of Covadonga,
The splendid scenarios where I set up the final battle of Covadonga. Here I imagined the last cavalry
charges against the Saracens (Christian riding down the slope)
When the fog falls, it looks really dark and ghosty. It is there I set the return of the Ruby Cross, once for good escaped to the hands of the Evils.
Scenarios of Covadonga, II