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Santa Maria del Naranco

Oviedo, Spain (Formerly Naranco Mount)
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions in Oviedo
Type: Cultural
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Pontevedra Province, Spain
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108 reviews 108 reviews
33 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A very interesting place to visit ,it was a little difficult to find but well worth it we parked at the bottom of the hill and walked up it was very easy and a nice walk .

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oxford, UK
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Combine with San Miguel de Lillo, which is on the same site, and you get a guided tour (in Spanish) of both for E3. You can't walk round by yourself, it is only by guided tour, so allow time for the tour to start. There is an information centre by the car park to pass the time in. It is... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Beautiful pre-romanesque building with wonderful surroundings and views. Easy to park nearby. Lots of fresh air.

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Austin, TX
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155 reviews 155 reviews
33 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you like very old buildings, this is a must. Tiny, hard to believe it was originally a palace. Very simple. For 3 euros we had a group tour of this building and the adjacent church of San Miguel de Lillo. Both well worth the bus ride from Oviedo and the tramp uphill to reach the buildings.

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London
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Wonderful 9th century church building, worth a visit whatever your religious beliefs. Perched on the hillside overlooking the City. Impressive outside and in.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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170 reviews 170 reviews
32 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Santa Maria de Naranco is not a huge site, however it is significant as it fits into the history of religion and architecture in Spain. Located near the top of a hill, wear sturdy shoes for walking the path from the parking lot up to the site. The interpretation center is also very well designed with models and images from... More 

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Ancona, Italy
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1,009 reviews 1,009 reviews
595 attraction reviews
874 helpful votes 874 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Part of the attraction of the building, apart from its strange shape and mysterious decorative sculptures, is that there seems to be no agreement on what it was meant to be. A summer palace ? A place for feasting, perhaps after the hunt ? So here the visitor is in the refreshing position of having to think for himself or... More 

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Oviedo, Spain
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If you want to visit one of the few pre-romanic monuments in Spain, this is wonderful. It is placed in Monte Naranco and you can arrive by car, foot or bus. It is simple but that it is the best.

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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This place is definitely a must to visit while up in Asturias. The view is undescribable and just the site itself is definitely a breath of fresh air. You'll spot frequent joggers going up there. If travelling in the winter, I recommend going up there during the day. Otherwise, it's the perfect view for the sunrise/sunset. Although I didn't do... More 

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London
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Combine with San Miguel de Lillo- see my review on that Church. There are also carvings etc. from Santa Maria in the fantastic archaeological museum in Oviedo, which, for some reason isn't even listed here

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