The Statue of Christ on Mount Naranco, Oviedo, Spain

Mount Naranco, Oviedo, Spain

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He’s looking down on you

The Statue of Christ on Mount Naranco, Oviedo, Spain

Just on the outskirts of the city of Oviedo is the 634 metre high (2,080ft) Mount Naranco. The journey up this mountain to the summit is certainly worth it, if just to see the statue of The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the views of Oviedo and the Asturian landscape below.

However, the two magnificent pre-Romanesque style churches that you pass on the way, truly make it worthwhile on their own.

The view of Oviedo from Mount Naranco, Spain

Follow the signs

Mount Naranco is only about 3km (1.9 miles) outside Oviedo, it is walkable for the fitter amongst us, but it is easily accessible by car. Well I say easily, it is if you ignore your GPS and don’t try and take a vertical unmade track up the side of the mountain.
 
This mountain climb has featured in the Vuelta a Espana, on and off since 1974 and was the finish of stage 9 in 2016.

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus

The elegant structure of Jesus with his arms out stretched towards Oviedo was erected in 1950. The plateau that this statue sits upon is surrounded by a wonderful viewing area, where you can enjoy the panorama as far as the eye can see.

Looking up at the statue of Christ on Mount Naranco, Oviedo, Spain

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UNESCO World Heritage site since December 1985

Santa Maria del Naranco, Mount Naranco, Oviedo, Spain

The stunning church of Santa Maria del Naranco, was originally built as a royal palace for Ramiro I of Asturias in 848. It was then converted into a church towards the end of 13th century, the building is of rectangular shape and has two floors, of which the lower level is the crypt.

The entrance to Santa Maria del Naranco

Along with Santa Maria del Naranco the Roman Catholic church of San Miguel de Lillo was also built in 848, which is just 100 meters (328ft) further up the hill.

San Miguel de Lillo from the side, Mount Naranco, Oviedo, Spain

The pre-Romanesque architecture of these two buildings are amazing, they have been wonderfully preserved and are very unique in their style. San Miguel de Lillo was originally a cross-shaped structure, however in the 12th or 13th century part of the church collapsed leaving just the western section from its original edifice.

San Miguel de Lillo, Mount Naranco, Oviedo, Spain

Inspired to visit Mount Naranco?

Just a short drive outside Oviedo, it’s certainly worth visiting if you’re in town.

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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