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Santa Maria del Naranco

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Address: Oviedo, Spain (Formerly Naranco Mount)
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A must-see in Oviedo

The Romanesque church from the 10th-11th centuries standing high in the hills of Oviedo is quite a sight. While close to a ruin in condition it is well maintained and very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The Romanesque church from the 10th-11th centuries standing high in the hills of Oviedo is quite a sight. While close to a ruin in condition it is well maintained and very impressive. Make certain it will be open before you go, since the few visitors it gets (at least during the off-season we were there) might get the lone guard... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I guess I anticipated more when visiting this site. But I was slightly disappointed as there wasn't a sign that explained the ruins. The views from the site were good though.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Drove up to Santa Maria and parked outside San Miguel. It was closed so I was a bit disappointed to miss out on the tours. Beautiful views of the city but honestly I didn't think it was worth the place of best attraction in Oviedo. Maybe if they were open it would make it worthwhile.

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Pontevedra Province, Spain
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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