The Asturian Landmarks.

Located in Oviedo, Asturias.

Preromanesque Arquitecture “Santa María del Naranco”  in Oviedo, Asturias.

Santa María del Naranco is a church situated four kilometers away from Oviedo, over Mount Naranco’s skirt. It wasn’t originally conceived as a church, it was the Main building of a group of constructions among the Ramiro I’s palace.

Detailed columns constructed during the reign of Ramiro I.

The King Ramiro I of Asturias ordered it to be built as a royal palace as part of a larger complex that also incorporated the nearby church of San Miguel de Lillo, 100 meters away. It was completed in 848. Its structural features, such as the barrel vault — with transverse ribs corresponding one-to-one with contraforts at the exterior, make it a clear precursor of the Romanesque construction. The exterior decorations, as well as the use of stilted arches mark the intended verticality of the composition. It was converted into a church at the end of the 13th century.

Located in Mount Naranco, this Landmark has a magnificent view over Oviedo.

Located in Mount Naranco, this Landmark has a magnificent view over Oviedo.

Lateral view.

Lateral view.

The three arches symbolize the emblematic “Natural Paradise” of Asturias.

The three arches symbolize the emblematic “Natural Paradise” of Asturias.

Santa María del Naranco, Main façade.

Santa María del Naranco, Main façade.

San Miguel de Lillo.

San Miguel de Lillo.

San Miguel de Lillo, lateral façade.

San Miguel de Lillo, lateral façade.

Lateral details. Sn. Miguel Lillo.

Lateral details. Sn. Miguel Lillo.

The majestic Calatrava Auditorium, view from Mount Naranco.

The majestic Calatrava Auditorium, view from Mount Naranco.

The Calatrava Auditorium, a modern landmark of Oviedo.

The Calatrava Auditorium, and Mall, a modern landmark of Oviedo.

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Civil Engineer & Real Estate Consultant. Living in Asturias.

18 comments

  1. Gorgeous! I didn’t get to see Santa María del Naranco, but it looks great. I suppose I’ll just have to go back then. 🙂

    • These buildings are preromanesque, as well as the Cangas de Onís bridge that you mentioned in your recent post; You’re right, I really don’t understand why it is called the Roman Bridge, anyway its lovely. The Oviedo’s landscapes from Mount Naranco are quite nice, it worth it to come back!!!
      Saludos.

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  3. 1annecasey

    How beautiful and evocative!

  4. What beautiful churches! And what a backdrop! Hope the winter’s ended in Asturias finally.

  5. Amazing that these building are still standing, pollution, erosion and all that.

  6. Visited the church last year and then had a very nice lunch at the Argentinian restaurant with our Spanish neighbours. Totally recommend the meat platter!

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  8. Good to see this. As in many churches, it looks to be a defensive construction too, hence the arrow slit detail. Could the three arches also allude to the Christian Trinity? And thanks for the like!

    • Yes they do, actually, the three arches are the symbol / logo of the “Asturias Natural Paradise” that practically represent this Autonomous Community. Thanks for coming by !!!!

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