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Church of San Miguel de Lillo
Oviedo (Central Asturias)
Contact Address
Monte Naranco
638 260 163 Guía
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Patrimonio Unesco
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The tour begins in the church of Santa María del Naranco. The visit is guided every day except for Mondays.

  • Winter (01/10 to 31/03)
    Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-2:30pm
    Monday and Sunday: 10:00am-12:30pm

    Summer (01/04 to 30/09):
    Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30am-1:00pm and 3:30pm-7:00pm
    Monday and Sunday: 9:30am-1:00pm

    Adults: €3
    Children (aged between 8 and 14 years old: €2
    Groups + 20 people: €2
    Free entrance on Mondays
A reference building in terms of Pre-Romanesque sculptural decoration.

The building we see today corresponds to about a third of the original building. During the Late Middle Ages, the church collapsed in part, the present-day apse being subsequently rebuilt. The original portico still stands today as well as one of the sections of the original nave.

The exterior walls are lined with buttresses, while one of the walls has window openings decorated with highly elaborate stone latticework. Of all the latticework in the monument, only four original pieces are still preserved.

The interior is divided into three naves separated for the first time by tall columns instead of pillars. The columns are supported on bases decorated with symbols of the evangelists. The large capitals which support the arches are decorated with motifs of Byzantine and North African origin.

There is a gallery at the west end of the nave, above the old porch. This is accessed via an opening decorated with marble pilasters, up some narrow stone stairs.

There are four arches in the gallery, corresponding to the same number of doors, decorated with traditional Visigoth motifs.

The inside is fully vaulted and above the part of the vault that covers the gallery there is an inaccessible compartment, illuminated externally by circular latticework, which makes the building appear very slender.

Together with Santa María del Naranco, it makes up what is known as the Mount Naranco Pre-Romanesque.

Church of San Miguel de Lillo