Santa Maria del Naranco
Santa Maria del Naranco
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Gina H
Sumter, SC165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Well worth a visit if in Oviedo! We walked from our hostel in town to the church (less than 2 miles) the day before we started the Camino and the scenery as well as the church were beautiful. You can also drive to the church. Recommend the guided tour (even if you don't understand Spanish) of the church and crypt, which also includes a tour of the nearby Church of San Miguel de Lillo. Spectacular 9th century and UNESCO World Heritage site!
Written July 21, 2022
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,472 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
… and 3 km back again.

You’ll end up in beautiful surroundings with great views over Oviedo city. 100 metres away is another historical site, San Miguel de Lillo. Both buildings are pretty seen from the outside, but the top attraction is the walk up here and the views.

The following is a quote from Wikipedia:

“Iglesia de Santa María del Naranco is a pre-Romanesque Asturian building on the slope of Mount Naranco …. Ramiro I of Asturias ordered it to be built as a royal palace, part of a larger complex that also incorporated the nearby church of San Miguel de Lillo, 100 meters away. The palace was completed in 842 and had in part a religious function, being consecrated in 848.”
Written December 15, 2022
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sallyrowena
Oxford, UK211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
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 a lovely site with a view over the city, and the two 9thC buildings are intriguing. However, it is quite a way out of town. Go by car, or take the bus (The A1/2 line when we were there).
Written September 20, 2014
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Ivan1910
Oviedo, Spain4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The first Christian Kingdon in Spain, after the arrival of the Moslims in the year 711 A.C., was raised in the central northdern Spain, surrounded by the sea and the mountains, and it was called Asturias, that´s why Asturias today is called Principality of Asturias and the future Queen of Spain is actually the Princeps of Asturias.
Some of these first 12 Asturian Kings erected several buildings in a new architectural style called Pre-Romanic that stand still today and have been declared as World Unesco Patrimony. Outside of the city remained two of them by the side of Naranco mountain in the calm of the countryside and beatiful view of the city of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias.
Written August 6, 2017
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Chef Mia
New York City, NY123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written March 25, 2015
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Jesse K
Madison, IN36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017
There are guided tours (go to the little office below Santa Maria and pay--then wait until one starts--Spanish only but the speakers are very clear and careful) of this church, built in 848--astoundingly early. Really you are looking at some of the first important large (by the standards of 848) buildings built after the fall of the Roman Empire. It was a site of many architectural innovations and is quite a different structure and interesting space. There are no real remains murals but the carving is interesting and varied--with Byzantine influences. Photos allowed. The guides are very knowledgeable and can answer any question. The tour continues up the hill in the smaller (now--it used to be much larger before a collapse meant it being rebuilt at a 1/3 the original size) San Miguel de Lillo, consecrated by Ramiro I and his wife Paterna in the year 848. There is some existing painting inside this chapel--but no photos allowed. Lovely view from here down into Oviedo. There is a lower official parking lot (a bit of a hike up from there) but also some parking in front of the two overlook restaurants (nice places to sit on the terrace and have a drink or a bite) and a few, obviously illegal but always used ones right on the side of the road by the churches if you are someone who cannot hike up a hill.
Written September 23, 2017
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helendc1
Stirling, UK364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We walked up here on the Sunday morning. It is a beautiful spot and there is a guided tour if you wish, there is also a shop with info and an audio visual presentation.It is well worth the visit
Written October 23, 2017
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pjt632
London, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Not a huge amount to see, and what there is not helped by chaotic organisation which makes it virtually impossible for non- Spanish speakers to see inside. Like the rest of Oviedo, the signage to the site is appalling. But really not worth the effort.
Written September 11, 2016
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Fredi728
Sleepy Hollow, NY114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
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 there to close it early. It is within walking distance of the other church, San Miguel di Lillo, both should be available for visiting. Spend some time soaking in the scene while there will be, hopefully no tours. While some guidebooks advertise it as a nice hike from Oviedo, be aware that it is a long, uphill hike! We took a taxi that was effective and caught the site just before the guard closed it earlier than scheduled.
Written June 1, 2015
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Gigliomediceo
New York City, NY89 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
Oviedo is a spotless fascinating little city; if one's lucky enough to have a sunny day, a stroll to monte naranco churches is somenthing to do. you can walk there ( around one hour) or take the bus (n.10, it will take around 25 minutes) from the city centre.from the bus stop a pedestrial path will tak you to both churces (santa maria on your right, san miguel de lillo 300 mt upwards on your left.)It's best to start at the visitor centre as they will give you the information about the tours, that do not seem to have a precise schedule, but run every hour more or less and start at santa maria. the churches are open only when there is a tour, otherwise you will find shut doors. the visitor centre has video in spanish and information panels in English and French, the tour was in Spanish not sure if there are other languages. the two churches are an interesting example of the evolution of pre romanesque under Ramiro, but it you're not familiar with the architectural period they would still seem very cute and very well maintened little churches. around them some examples of horreos still in use.
Written March 23, 2013
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