Oviedo Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Plaza de Fontán - Oviedo, Spain (12)

Orientation

Oviedo is a small, compact city and so can be easily visited on foot. Situated at the foot of El Monte Naranco it is surrounded on all sides by green rolling hills and farmland. The city centre is framed by the north-south N364. To the east lie the large out of town shopping centres and city hospital, and to the west the university. The largish city park, Campo de San Francisco, is considered the geographic centre of the city and is a good landmark by which to orientate yourself. The large shop-lined Calle de Uria runs concurrently with the park and ends at the RENFE train station to the north of the historic centre. From the east of the park is the El Casco Antiguo (old town), a warren of smaller, older streets centred around the cathedral of San Salvador.

Oviedo Free Walking Tour

Monument & Sights Guide

Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo
(Conference and Exhibition Centre Oviedo)

Monument Type: Conference & Exhibition Centre
Address: C/ Arturo Álvarez Buylla s/n
Website: http://www.palaciocongresosoviedo.com
Opening Times: –
Price: –

Espacio Buenavista Shopping Centre - Oviedo, Spain (2), Oviedo Free Walking Tour

Information: Dreamt up by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, and built on the site of the old football stadium, the Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo is one of the most interesting buildings in Oviedo, if not Spain. The space is over 16.600 m2, and includes the Exhibition and Congress Hall Ciudad de Oviedo, “Modoo” shopping centre, Oviedo Ayre Hotel and departments of the Asturian Government.

Melia Hotel De La Reconquista
(The Reconquista Hotel)

Monument Type: Hotel
Address: Calle Gil de Jaz, 16
Website: http://www.hoteldelareconquista.com/
Opening Times: –
Price: –

Information: Constructed in the 18th century as the Hospice and Hospital of the Principality of Asturias, the building was converted in the 1970s to a luxury five-star hotel. The building itself is fabulous with its Baroque façade and two exterior patios being a particular joy.

Campo de San Francisco
(St. Francisco Park)

What is it? Large city park adorned with sculptures, paved walkways and fountains
Where is it? Located in the city centre with main shopping street Calle Uria running along one edge

Information: Popularly known as ‘El Campo’ the park originally constituted the gardens of a Franciscan monastery and is considered to be the lungs of the city. Different features of interest include a Botanical Garden, an image of St. Francis of Assisi, a duck pond and the elegant Blue Peafowls which stalk around the green space.

Plaza del Fontán
(Fontan Square)

What is it? Rectangular public square
Where is it? Located in the old town, close to Iglesia de San Isidoro

Plaza de Fontán - Oviedo, Spain (12), Oviedo Free Walking Tour

Information: The arcaded Fontan square is one of the city’s most iconic public areas, and its name derives from the natural spring that once flooded the whole area. Today, the square is a wonderful place to have a rest, take the weight off and enjoy some food or refreshments in one of the many restaurants and coffee houses surrounding the square.

Iglesia de San Isidoro
(St. Isidoro Church)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Plaza de la Constitución, s/n,
Website: –
Opening Times: hours of service
Price: –

The Church of San Isidoro the Royal - Oviedo, Spain (22), Oviedo Free Walking Tour

Information: Originally constructed in the 16th century as part of a larger foundation of Jesuits of San Matías, the adjoining school was destroyed in the 19th century to make room for the Fontan market. Several renovations of the church, most notably in the 17th century, have left a single nave church with Latin cross and single outer tower. All in the classical style with baroque touches.

Ayuntamiento de Oviedo
(Oviedo Town Hall)

Monument Type: Town Hall
Address: Plaza de la Constitución, s/n,
Website: http://www.oviedo.es/
Opening Times: –
Price: –

Information: Oviedo Town Hall was built in 1622-1623 but has been renovated numerous times, most notable in the 18th century and is now predominately in the Baroque style. In the Spanish Civil War the building suffered severe damage, however it was rebuilt following the end of the conflict and a clock tower, designed by Gabriel of Torriente, was added in 1940.

Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias
(Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias)

Monument Type: Fine Arts Museum
Address: Calle de Santa Ana, 1-3
Website: http://www.museobbaa.com/
Opening Times: Winter: Tues – Fri: 10.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Sat: 11.30 – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sun: 11.30 – 2.30 p.m. Summer (Jul/Aug): Tues – Sat: 10.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sun: 10.30 – 2.30 p.m.
Price: Free

Information: Considered to be one of Spain‘s best Fine Arts museums, the collection is housed in 3 separate dwellings: the Palacio de Velarde, the Palacio Oviedo-Portal, and Palacio Solís-Carbajal. The Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias has around 10,000 inventoried items, with 350–400 on public display at any one time with works by Spanish artists, with a special emphasis on those from Asturias, as well as those from foreign countries: such as Italian and Flemish painters. There is also an extensive collection of sculptures, photographs, glass objects, and earthenware as part of the main collection.

Palacio de los Condes de Toreno
(Palace of the Counts of Toreno)

Monument Type: Palace
Address: Plaza de Porlier 9
Website: –
Opening Times: –
Price: –

Information: Although it is not possible to visit inside. The Palace of the Counts of Toreno is a rectangular shape hiding three bays structured around a central courtyard, where the staircase ascends. Built in 1675 by Gregory de la Roza the façade which you can see is an asymmetrical façade, Baroque in style, made of stone and flanked by Tuscan columns. Currently, it houses the Royal Institute of Asturian Studies (RIDEA), an organization initiated by Provincial Government in 1946.

Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo & Cámara Sant
(Cathedral of San Salvador, Oviedo & Holy Chamber)

Monument Type: Cathedral
Address: Plaza Alfonso II s/n
Website: http://www.catedraldeoviedo.es/
Opening Times: 1 Mar – 15 May & 15 Sep – 31 Oct: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 16 May – 14 Sept: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 1 Nov – 28 Feb: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Price: Cathedral: Free Cámara Santa, Museum and Cloister: General Admission: 3 € Pensioner, Group +10: 2.40 € Cámara Santa only: 1.25 €

Cathedral of San Salvador - Oviedo, Spain (28), Oviedo Free Walking Tour

Information: Oviedo’s star attraction is a wonderful blend of architectural styles from Pre-Romanesque to Baroque, by way of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance influences. The site of the cathedral traces its history back to 781 AD when Fruela I constructed a basilica in honour of San Salvador and a later Romanesque renovation was to follow. The construction of the a new Gothic basilica was undertaken in the 13th century and was complete in the 16th. Later baroque additions include a private chapel (Capilla de los Vigiles), the Pantheon of Asturian Kings and the ambulatory.

The façade was designed by Juan de Badajoz and Pedro de Buyeres, and the tower, a 15th century addition is of interest for its slender, integrated steeple. It is a three nave church with side chapels. Notable features includes an array of plant motifs decorating the capitals of the roof supporting pillars and the Gothic main altarpiece that contains a series of niches, on which is depicted the story of the life of Christ.

In the chapel of King Casto there is a Royal Pantheon in which lay the bodies of the Asturian monarchs also within the cloister is a Diocesan Museum with many archaeological items on display.

The Cámara Santa (Holy Chamber), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is integrated into the cathedral and houses the cathedral’s most treasured items: the Cross of Los Ángeles, the Cross of La Victoria, the Agate Box, a coffer supposedly made by the disciples of the Apostles and containing the most precious relics of the Holy City, and the Holy Ark.

written by: Jon

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