Parque de la prehistoria de Teverga
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Cave of Caves

The Camarín of Candamo

The cave of San Román de Candamo is the one with paintings from the Upper Palaeolithic that can be found at the most western point of the Iberian Peninsula.

Camarín comes from the word cámara (chamber) and consists in a hollow which, given its location in the cave, makes up a sanctuary in itself. It is found in a place difficult to access 12 metres from the ground, a magnificent example of an envisaged and chosen location that giving an idea of not only the importance given to the geological formations but also to the lighting.

In the centre of the composition there is the figure of a horse in a sienna colour and in the Solutrean style and another three equids whose execution is incomplete, together with an urus, an animal that became extinct in the 17th century and which was the predecessor of the bull.

The paintings of the Camarín are dated as being 21,000 years old. They are not the only paintings to appear in the cave, although they are the best preserved. It should be highlighted that the Candamo Cave, that of Tito Bustillo and another three Asturian caves (Llonín, Pindal and Covaciella) were declared monuments of mankind by the UNESCO in summer of 2008, stressing the importance of these unique and unrepeatable representations which, although on many occasions are closed to the general public, can be admired and enjoyed by means of exact replicas such as the ones shown in the Prehistoric Park of Teverga.

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