Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Oviedo monuments

The sun rises at 7.30 in this part of Spain. Today the town was covered in a blanket of fog early on, but by 10.00 am it had lifted to become a lovely sunny day.  I took the bus up to Monte Naranco from outside the station.

Santa Maria del Naranco was built in 848 as a palace for Ramiro I of Asturias, and later converted into a church. Now it is a world heritage site. It is one of the prime examples of Pre Romanesque architecture.

I had to take a tour in Spanish to see inside, but fortunately I had extensive notes from Wikipedia with me. It is an early example of a building which had a vaulted stone roof and not a wooden one. The view from the upper floor down into Oviedo was stunning.

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