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Miłosz Grygierczyk

A city in northern Spain, capital of the Principality of Asturias (Principado de Asturias), currently has a population of 216,600 (as of 2021). Founded in the 8th century, the city developed as a settlement around the monastery of St Vincent and later (from the late 15th century) also around the local university. Oviedo is home to the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, built in the Flamboyant Gothic style, whose construction began at the end of the 8th century. It was later rebuilt and enlarged several times. A visit to this cathedral is one of the highlights of a pilgrimage along the Way of St James (Camino de Santiago). The Cathedral’s Holy Chamber houses Spain’s most important relic, known as the Sudarium of Oviedo. The faithful are blessed with the Sudarium three times each year: on Good Friday, 14 September (the feast commemorating the finding of the Cross of Jesus by St Helena) and 21 September (the feast of the evangelist Matthew, patron saint of the city). During both September feasts, an indulgence is granted in the square in front of the cathedral and confessions are heard.


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2. Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Camino_de_San_Salvador,_Oviedo,_Cattedrale_del_Santo_Salvatore_03.jpg (Mongolo1984, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Miłosz Grygierczyk

Graduate in Spanish philology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (1998) and from the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw (2000), the Diplomatic School of Spain in Madrid (2005) and international relations at the University of Madrid (2005). He also completed doctoral studies in history at the Polish Academy of Sciences (2007) and a postgraduate course for specialist English translators at the Linguistic School of Higher Education in Warsaw (2019).

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