La Foncalada

Oviedo, Spain

La Foncalada is a fountain of potable water located outside the city walls of Oviedo; it was built by king Alfonso III of Asturias in the 9th century. This building remains the only surviving civil architectural item for public use of the Early Middle Ages. Its name was given after the inscription in Latin: fontem calatam written on it. Built in Pre-Romanesque style, it has been included with other Asturian Pre-Romanesque sites on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List since 1998.

It was originally placed near the city walls, next to an ancient Roman road. The decoration on top depicts the Victory Cross, symbol of Asturias.

This public fountain, which belongs to Oviedo Town Hall, is erected over a spring. The source is a rectangle of about 4 metres wide. It has a shape of a vaulted chapel and is crowned by the royal ensign of the Victory Cross.



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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain


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Paweł Kranzberg (2 years ago)
IX century water source. Still working ?
Vladimir Titin (3 years ago)
Original 9th ​​century fountain, one of the few well preserved and in use examples of high medieval civil architecture. Difficult to park nearby, better to walk.
María Eugenia Robles (4 years ago)
It's a historical place however it is careless
Clary Pardo Johnson (5 years ago)
Wish there was more information about this. We needed information about the historical importance.
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