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“Beautiful and singular monument”

Santa Maria del Naranco
Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Oviedo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 31, 2014

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

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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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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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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 this and other site, showing how they fit the timeline and more. The building itself is accessed via a guided tour. Be sure to check the hours so you don't have to wait for it to re-open in the afternoon.

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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 herself.

(There's much more about very early mediaeval Asturian culture in the excellent archaeological museum behind the cathedral in Oviedo.)

When I arrived there was a guide talking to a group inside, but I pushed open the door, quietly slipped in, pushed the door shut again and began to look round in any case. No-one seemed to object, so I think it must be normal. Don't interrupt, of course, or disturb them, but I see no reason why you shouldn't listen in a bit. If you want to go and they haven't finished, you can just slip quietly out again.

I got a taxi to Santa Maria (and San Miguel) from the centre of Oviedo. I don't remember exactly how much it cost, but it didn't seem expensive, especially including the two waits.

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