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San Julián de los Prados

San Julián de los Prados, also called Santullano, is a pre-Romanesque church from the early 9th century. Chronicles mention that Alfonso II had a church built some distance from his palace in honor of the Egyptian martyrs Julian and his wife Basilissa.


The name San Julián de los Prados (Saint Julian in the Meadows) is a reference to the fact that the church was built in an open field, outside the city walls.


San Julián de los Prados
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Interior photo from Wikipedia (enlarge by clicking on it), photography is not allowed inside the church!


The Cathedral of Oviedo

is the main church of the Archdiocese of Oviedo. It is dedicated to the Redeemer (San Salvador).

Very impressive is the golden shining main altar inside. It dates from the 16th century. In the Capilla de Santa Eulalia (side chapel) a silver shrine holds the relics of the city's patron saint. Attached to the church is a Gothic cloister. From there, a staircase leads to the pre-Romanesque Cámara Santa, the Holy Chamber. In the antechamber there are elaborately crafted Romanesque figures of the apostles. In the Cámara Santa is kept, among other things, the diamond-studded angel's cross from the 9th century.

Pictures of the old town

Plaza Mayor with the City Hall and the Church of San Isidor and the Market Hall