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.
The three arches symbolize the emblematic “Natural Paradise” of Asturias.
Santa María del Naranco, Main façade.
San Miguel de Lillo.
San Miguel de Lillo, lateral façade.
Lateral details. Sn. Miguel Lillo.
The majestic Calatrava Auditorium, view from Mount Naranco.