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San Julian de los Prados, Oviedo

#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in Oviedo
World heritage site · Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
San Julian de los Prados is a 9th-century church that is considered a great piece of Asturian art, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture resembles the Roman style. There is very little original decoration remaining on the church, but look for the marble capitals at the tops of the pillars. You can also see original frescos on the walls and ceiling. The building is just next to a freeway, so it’s easy to find. Using our international travel planner, Oviedo attractions like San Julian de los Prados can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Stunning views of Oviedo. The local guide is essential to soak in the history and surrounds as the guided tour is incomprehensible to most.  more »
  • San Julian de los Prados is completely preserved in contrast to the other two pre-Romanesque churches of Oviedo included in the UNESCO list. King Alfonso II built it like the first two also outside...  more »
  • Preromanesque church with well-preserved frescoes influenced by those of Pompej and depicting mostly architectural themes. Modern sketches of missing parts give a good impression of what the overall interior looked like. The guided tour (in Spanish) by a knowledgeable docent costs two euros and is a real bargain. Leaflets are available in other languages.
  • A UNESCO world heritage site and a pre-romanesque building. One of the 5 UNESCO sites around Oviedo. It's a little bit out of the way compared to the other one's which are either very centrally located or very close to each other. I also thought that it wasn't really sign posted in the city how to get there. Still worth a visit.
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