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San Miguel de Lillo

Naranco Mount, near Santa Maria, Oviedo, Spain
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Ranked #2 of 29 attractions in Oviedo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: San Miguel de Lillo San Miguel de Lillo is a church was built by King Ramiro I in 842 A.D. and it is a Unesco Patrimony of Humanity site. It is... more »
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Ancona, Italy
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653 helpful votes 653 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Like with Santa Maria, when I arrived here I found a group inside with a guide telling them about it, so I just squeezed in with them and looked around and listened. No-one seemed to object, and I got the impression that it was normal. I never saw a visitor centre so i never bought a ticket. If I should... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

You can only see San Miguel de Lillo together with Santa Maria del Naranco and they are BOTH well worth visiting. Get your ticket at the office below both monuments (EXCEPT on Tuesday!!! The office is closed and you must get your ticket at Santa Maria). You can only enter the two monuments with a Spanish guided tour. San Miguel... More

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Orlando, Florida
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

San Miguel de Lillo and Santa Maria del Naranco are spectacularly well preserved buildings from the 9th century and just a short journey from Oviedo. See them on your way in or out of town. It's well worth a couple of hours and you get some beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

It is definitely worth going out of Oviedo see the San Miguel de Lillo and the nearby Santa Maria del Naranco. We got a taxi from the town to take us up which was worth the money. Both ruins are open but not all the time so worth checking if you want a look at the inside - they were... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This and the neighbouring Santa Maria del Naranco are fascinating to old church geeks like me- very atmospheric and full of fascinating detail. The guided tour may only be in Spanish; but it is worth tagging along to get inside. We never did find the visitors' centre. Taxi up, walk down!

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Findlay, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This is a very impressive building and it's not a far drive (or hike) from Oviedo. The only thing is that there's not much parking. We were very impressed by how well maintained it is. Some of the windows were even covered by a plastic shield and you could tell that the ones that were not had been restored while... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

A short drive from Oviedo into the hills of Naranco, you will find this per romantic church still standing , time and wind doesn't seem to impact this structure. Worth to look at it.

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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

...to see one of the oldest surving Christian churches in the world. To get the most from the visit I recommend reading up on the church before visiting. It would get 5 stars just for being so old. The view from the site is great, too, especially during winter.

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London
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

The trip up Monte Naranco is well worth it for the views over Oviedo and the two small but important 9th century monuments (about 300-400 meters from each other). The guardian seems to alternate between the two and opens them alternately approximately every 30 minutes or so at peak times. He is a friendly amiable man. Mondays are free.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

I feel rather guilty only rating this as average. It is a world heritage site after all and given that this was one of the reasons for our trip, you might expect that we'd be more enthusiastic. However, the overall effect is rather subdued. There is a guided tour, but only in Spanish and that's the only way you seem... More

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