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Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias

Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias in Spain: The Santa Maria del Naranco (Church of St. Mary at Mount Naranco) is an Asturian pre-Romanesque church on the slopes of Mount Naranco situated 3 km from Oviedo. The Santa Maria del Naranco was built as a royal palace in 848 AD and consecrated into a church at the end of the 13th century. The decoration of the Santa Maria del Naranco was influenced by the Byzantine style. The Santa Maria del Naranco was part of a larger complex of royal buildings, including the nearby Asturian pre-Romanesque Church of San Miguel de Lillo. The San Miguel de Lillo served as a royal chapel. The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church of San Julián de los Prados is located in Oviedo, a town along the Way of James to Santiago de Compostela. The church was built between 812 and 842. The murals are the most important aspect of the San Julián de los Prados. The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church of Santa Cristina de Lena is situated on a hilltop in the village of Pola de Lena, about 33 km south of Oviedo. The Santa Cristina de Lena was probably completed in 852. Pola de Lena is situated along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. The Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

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Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Santa Maria del Naranco. The Kingdom of the Asturias was a small Christian kingdom...

Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Santa Maria del Naranco.

The Kingdom of the Asturias was a small Christian kingdom in the north of Spain, it existed

from 718 until 924. Several buildings of this period remain. The Asturian pre-Romanesque

architecture played a major role in the spread of religious architecture in Portugal and Spain.

The Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias are an UNESCO World Heritage. 

  1. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Santa Maria del Naranco. The Kingdom of the Asturias was a small Christian kingdom...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Santa Maria del Naranco.

    The Kingdom of the Asturias was a small Christian kingdom in the north of Spain, it existed

    from 718 until 924. Several buildings of this period remain. The Asturian pre-Romanesque

    architecture played a major role in the spread of religious architecture in Portugal and Spain.

    The Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias are an UNESCO World Heritage. 

  2. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The exterior stairway is leading to the upper floor of the Santa Maria del Naranco....

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The exterior stairway is leading to

    the upper floor of the Santa Maria del Naranco. Santa Maria del Naranco is located nearby

    Oviedo. Santa Maria del Naranco was built as a royal palace in 848 and it was converted

    into a church at the end of the 13th century. The Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom

    of the Asturias gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

  3. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The upper floor of the Santa Maria del Naranco has a belvedere at each end....

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The upper floor of the Santa Maria

    del Naranco has a belvedere at each end. The rope decoration is typical of the Asturian pre-

    Romanesque architecture. The Santa Maria del Naranco was built as a recreational palace.

    It was part of a large complex of royal buildings located in the outskirts of Oviedo, among

    them the Church of San Miguel de Lillo.

  4. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The decorated interior of the Asturian pre-Romanesque church Santa Maria del...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The decorated interior of the Asturian

    pre-Romanesque church Santa Maria del Naranco. The vaulted hall of the upper floor has six

    blind arches supported by columns built into the wall. The rectangular building has two floors,

    the lower level or crypt has three chambers, the ceiling is made of wood. The altar is situated

    outside the church. The altar has a Latin inscription dating from 26 June 848.

  5. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The decorated capitals in the San Maria del Naranco are influenced by the Byzantine...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The decorated capitals in the San

    Maria del Naranco are influenced by the Byzantine style. The San Maria del Naranco was

    built as a royal palace and converted into a Roman Catholic church at the end of the 13th

    century. The Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias were inscribed on the 

    UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

  6. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The decoration of Santa Maria del Naranco, the St. Mary at Mount Naranco, is...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The decoration of Santa Maria del

    Naranco, the St. Mary at Mount Naranco, is concentrated in the hall of the upper storey.

    The 32 medallions are framed by rope moulding, typical of the Asturian pre-Romanesque

    style. Santa Maria del Naranco was built as a royal palace and converted into a church at

    the end of the 13th century.

  7. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: Santa Maria del Naranco, the Church of St. Mary at Mount Naranco, is an Asturian...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: Santa Maria del Naranco, the Church

    of St. Mary at Mount Naranco, is an Asturian pre-Romanesque church on the slopes of Mount

    Naranco situated three km from Oviedo in Spain. Santa Maria del Naranco was part of a larger

    complex of royal buildings, including the Church of San Miguel de Lillo, hundred meters away.

    The Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias are an UNESCO World Heritage.

  8. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church  of Santa Maria del Naranco (Church of St....

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church

     of Santa Maria del Naranco (Church of St. Mary at Mount Naranco). After a thunderstorm and

    heavy rain, a beautiful rainbow appeared over the town of Oviedo and the surrounding hills.

    The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church of Santa Maria del Naranco and the nearby Church of

    San Miguel de Lillo can be visited only by a guided tour.

  9. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The San Miguel de Lillo is an Asturian pre-Romanesque church near Oviedo. San...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The San Miguel de Lillo is an Asturian

    pre-Romanesque church near Oviedo. San Miguel de Lillo served as a royal chapel, connected

    to the palatial complex that also included the nearby Santa Maria del Naranco, about hundred

    meters away. The San Miguel de Lillo Church was consecrated in 814. The jambs of the door

    are carved in the Byzantine style. About half of the building collapsed a long time ago.

  10. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque San  Julián de los Prados is also...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque San 

    Julián de los Prados is also known as Santullano. The church was built between 812 and 842.

    The murals are the most important aspect of the church. The well preserved decoration on

    the walls and vaults shows geometrical, vegetal and architectonic motifs, on a Latin cross is

    the Alpha and Omega. The Asturian San Julián de los Prados is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  11. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The original windows on the rear façade of the Asturian pre-Romanesque church...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The original windows on the rear

    façade of the Asturian pre-Romanesque church San Julián de los Prados. The church was

    built by King Alfonso II (791-842). The church is devoted to the Saints Julián and Basilissa,

    two Egyptian martyrs. The interior decoration of the church make San Julián de los Prados

    unique in Western Europe. The San Julián de los Prados is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  12. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church of Santa Cristina de Lena. The church is situated on...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church

    of Santa Cristina de Lena. The church is situated on a hilltop in the small village of Pola de Lena,

    about 33 km south of Oviedo. The Santa Cristina de Lena was probably completed in 852. Pola

    de Lena is situated along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. The Santa Cristina de Lena is

    part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias.

  13. Monuments of Oviedo and Kingdom of the Asturias - Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church of Santa Cristina de Lena was built in the...

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias: The Asturian pre-Romanesque Church

    of Santa Cristina de Lena was built in the Ramirense style, an architectural style in the time of

    King Ramiro I of Asturias. The most outstanding feature of the of Santa Cristina de Lena is the

    iconostasis, a triple archway supported by marble columns, it separates the chancel from the

    congregation. The chancel is elevated above the floor level of the central nave.