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Santa María del Naranco
Oviedo (Central Asturias)
Contact Address
Monte Naranco. 33012 Oviedo
638 260 163 Guía
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Patrimonio Unesco
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The visit always begins at Santa María del Naranco, continuing on to San Miguel de Lillo.

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30-13:00 and 15:30-19:00 h.
    Sunday and Monday: 9:30-13:00 h.
    Closed: 8 and 21 September.
    Guided tours except on Mondays

    They start at Sta. Mª del Naranco, where tickets are purchased.
    The monuments will be open alternatively starting at Santa María del Naranco.

    • Adults: 4€.
      Group (+20 pax): 3€.
      Children (8 to 14 years old): 3€.
      Group children (+20 pax): 2€.
      Monday free entrance without guide
The most significant building in European Pre-Romanesque architecture.

The Palace of Ramiro I on Mount Naranco is a unique building without a clear-cut purpose (palace, church, royal pavilion, royal hall, etc.). The building has a rectangular ground plan and is divided into two floors connected by an external stairway. The lower floor, or crypt, is completely sealed, while the upper floor is open.

The building, painstakingly executed in masonry, is raised on a stone base affording it a vertical sense that is reinforced by the fluted buttresses that reach the roof.

The lower floor, or crypt, is similar to that of Santa Leocadia in the Holy Chamber. It is accessed from the outside and is fully reinforced with transversal ribs.

The upper floor is accessed via the external stairway. This is a single room with balconies on both sides and mullioned windows that simulate another floor on one side.

The balconies are divided into three arches that rest on columns with carved shafts and Corinthian capitals. Outside, fluted pilasters with crosses drape down alongside the windows, ending in medallions with animal and human figuration.

The inside, which is fully vaulted, is traversed by transversal ribs that repeat the exterior decoration of decorated pilasters ending in medallions.

Santa María del Naranco