Santa María del Naranco Church
A pre-Romanesque architectural monument, lying on the slopes of mount Naranco and constituting one
of Oviedo's and Asturias' most precious buildings and declared World Heritage site by UNESCO.
King Ramiro I ordered its construction in 848 and used it as a Royal palace; subsequently it
became a church. The ground plan of the building is rectangular with two floors, both with a
central section and two shorter lateral sections. The whole building is covered by a half barrel
vault, except for the side halls on the ground floor, with wooden cover.
On the altar that stands outside the temple, there is still an inscription that dates back to
June 23rd 848. The barrel vaulted crypt is also worth observing, divided into five different
sections by several arches, with its vaulted hall that looks out thanks to its arched oriels.