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village, Asturias provincia (province) and comunidad autonoma (autonomous community), northwestern Spain. It lies east of Oviedo city, at the head of the Sella River valley, near the base of the Europa Peaks, which form the highest massif of the Cantabrian Mountains. The village is noted as the reputed site of the defeat of the Moors in the Battle of Covadonga (c. 718-725) by Pelayo, the first Christian king of Asturias. The battle traditionally marks the beginning of the Christian reconquest of Spain, and, despite the legendary character of the stories about Pelayo, he became a major symbol of Christian resistance in medieval Spanish history.