Spain, Monuments and Cultural Traditions of Oviedo at Asturias

Oviedo is a city in Spain. It is located in the northern part of the country, in the valley of the rivers Nalon and Nora on the foot of Monte Naranco Mountain, about 30 km from Gijon. It is the Asturias capital of the autonomous community. It has about 230 000 inhabitants in those days. Oviedo attracts tourists especially for its monuments and cultural traditions. The city of Oviedo was founded in 761.

The dominant landmark of the city of Oviedo is the end of the Gothic cathedral of San Salvador from the 13th century-16th century with the pre-Roman chapel of Santa Camara the 9th century. It was added on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1985, with the proximity of the church of San Julian de los Prados, Foncalada fountain and two churches of San Miguel de Lillo and Santa Maria del Naranco. These religious buildings greatly affected the development of religious architecture in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Another important building is the monastery of St. Vincent, whose premises are now used by the Archaeological Museum of Asturias and the Faculty of Psychology at the prestigious University of Oviedo was founded in 1608.

Oviedo is a city of culture and sport, too. Many international competitions are held here each year. It is the locus of jumping competitions, cycling, climbing, autocross, chess, body building and many others. All major sports are represented here and all the competitions, as already mentioned, are international. It is very interesting that Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso and cyclist Samuel Sanchez were born here. The most important festival is the Day of St. Matthew September 21st at numerous concerts, accompanied by a procession and magnificent fireworks take place.

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