Asturian Pre-Romanesque monuments

The moors unlike the rest of Spain never conquered Asturias.

The Reconquest, a very important part of Asturian History, refers to the defeat of the Muslim invaders heading north from Southern Spain and which came to a head at the battle of Covadonga (circa 722). Following this Christian victory the successive monarchic regimes aimed to set a permanent example of the creed of their religion.

The Asturian Pre-Romanesque monuments are those constructions which can be dated after the commencement of the reconquest and predominantly those built during the reign of three Asturian Kings: Alfonso II (792-842), Ramiro I (842-850) and Alfonso III (860-910). During this period the rest of Spain was still under Moorish control.

The striking thing about the pre-romanesque monuments are their unrivalled simplicity which remains intact despite the passage of centuries and still retaining their grandeur in intimate harmony with the surrounding landscape.

In continuation are the most important monuments. We try to keep all information up to date, but can not except any responsibility for any errors in the information and we do suggest you check the opening times all sites before you visit them in case they have changed.

San Salvador de Valdediós (Human heritage site)
  • Valdediós, Villaviciosa
  • Tel. guides 985 976955 / 627 415917
  • Tel. monastery 985 8892324
  • Open Tuesday to Friday 11.00 to 13.00 and 16.30 to 18.30
  • Saturday and Sundays 16.00 to 18.30
  • Closed Mondays
Santa María del Naranco y San Miguel del Lillo (Human heritage site)
  • Monte Naranco, Oviedo
  • Tel. 676 032087
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 09.30 to 13.30 and 15.30 to 19.30
  • Sundays 09.30 to 13.30
  • Mondays 09.30 to 13.30 Entrance free but no guide
  • For guided visits (only in Spanish) it is necessary to arrive 30 mins before the closing time
San Julián de los Prados (Human heritage site)
  • Plaza de Santullano, Oviedo
  • Tel. 607 353999
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 18.00
  • Saturdays 09.30 to 11.30 and 15.30 to 17.30
  • Sundays 10.00 to 13.00
  • Mondays 10.0 to 13.30 Entrance free but no guide