In eonaviego A Mesa, is a village, which together with the place of Buspol and other villages, form the homonymous parish of the Asturian council of Grandas de Salime. It is located in the valley guarded by the Berducedo mountain range and crowned by El Pico Buspol. It has a very old history of settlement. In the Middle Ages this area belonged to the bishopric of Oviedo, but in 1584 the neighbours of the parish of A Mesa together with those of Vilarpedre and Salime, taking advantage of the fact that through a Papal bull they pass to King Philip II the control of many territories until then under ecclesiastical dominion, they pay the kingdom an amount to obtain its juridical-administrative independence, thus giving origin to the council of Salime. Grandas and Trabada were constituted separately and it was in 1836 when the Salime and Grandas were united and Grandas de Salime was born in this way. It is known that Buspol was formerly one of the hospitals on the Primitive Way and that it paid a tribute, to the bishop and his council, of a pound of wax. In 1753, according to the Ensenada Cadastre, this hospital was a private house where pilgrims continued to be welcomed on their way to Santiago.
La Mesa is a coquettish village of stone houses and slate roofs, and dominating the environment the parish church of Santa María, which sits on a prehistoric burial mound several millennia old, was built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, curiously its apse turns its back to the road. In Buspol, its beautiful rural chapel, dedicated to Santa Marina and La Magdalena, retains all its natural charm and is included in the Inventory of Architectural Heritage of Asturias.
La Mesa celebrates its patron saint festivities in honour of San Pedro on 29 June.
It is traditional the pilgrimage that on the occasion of the festivities of San Pedro gathers many locals and neighbors of the towns and villages around. A great meal of brotherhood and in the evening a free public rib accompanied by verbena that will last until the early hours of the morning.
In Buspol you can find the beautiful rural chapel of Santa Marina and Magdalena, which was also the chapel of the hospital. This chapel had one of the oldest bells in Asturias, from the 14th century.
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La Mesa can be reached via the AS-14 road which connects it with Berducedo and Pola de Allande on one side and with Grandas de Salime on the other. From La Mesa there are also local roads that connect it with nearby places such as Valiamayor or Buspol.
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