San Miguel de Lillo Church

Oviedo, Spain

St. Michael of Lillo is a Roman Catholic church built on the Naranco mount, near the Church of Santa María del Naranco. It was completed in 842 and it was consecrated by Ramiro I of Asturias and his wife Paterna in the year 848. It was originally dedicated to St. Mary until this worship passed to the nearby palace in the 12th century, leaving this church dedicated to Saint Michael. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

It originally had a basilica ground plan, three aisles with a barrel vault, although part of the original structure has disappeared as the building collapsed during the 12th or 13th century. Nowadays, it conserves its western half from that period, together with several elements in the rest of the church such as the fantastic jambs in the vestibule or the extraordinary lattice on the window of the southern wall, sculpted from one single piece of stone.

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Lugar Lillo 1, Oviedo, Spain
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Founded: 842 AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Angelo Vassallo (10 months ago)
Other roman church in good shape
Luis Miguel López Esteban (2 years ago)
Beautiful, lovely small romanic church, in a amazing spot not far away from Oviedo. Unbelievable sunset
Frank S (2 years ago)
Nice walk out of Oviedo with great views and this beautiful historic church. Don’t miss it!!
Gonçalo Lacerda-Machado (3 years ago)
Beautiful, unique. According to the schedule it should have been opened but it wasn't. Late October. Still the outside is worth the visit. Not indicated, the parking is at the bottom of the hill.
David Ponce (3 years ago)
Such a beautiful little church in a striking setting with a wonderful view of Oviedo next to it. Wonderfully preserved, with certain bits being one hundred percent authentic still intact, such as arcs and Windows. Cheap to visit as well. Just make sure you bring an umbrella :p
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