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Old June 12th, 2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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The fine city of Oviedo - Asturias, Spain

Hi there fellow SSCers. This thread is part of a set from my recent travels to France and Spain, click the links in my signature to see the others, thanks, hope you enjoy them!

Oviedo is the oldest Christian city in Spain and is one of the major cities (along with Gijon) of the principality of Asturias.

I was impressed with this city, a very pleasant, elegant and compact centre with good shopping, cafes etc and a great old town, the city seemed very middle class but with lots of young students to keep it lively, I can imagine that the quality of life here is good.





























It's not only old buildings, I thought this strip of modern blocks was interesting





















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Old June 13th, 2008, 12:55 AM   #2
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Awesome pictures, that park is very pleasant.

What was in the last picture? Pork?
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Old June 13th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #3
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Thanks

They're chorizo sausages, the butchers shop window was filled with a huge pile of them just pressed against the glass about a metre high, I didn't get the shot quite right, I wanted less reflection, never mind.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 01:09 AM   #4
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Great pics, mate. Oviedo is out of most touristic circuits, but it is a nice place indeed.

It was several times awarded as the cleanest town in Spain and has a nice pedestrian centre. I especially like the facades of some buildings you rightly captured.

By the way, those blocks you talked about are called 'La Losa'. It was the solution adopted to cover the railways in the core of the town.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 01:12 AM   #5
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By the way, those blocks you talked about are called 'La Losa'. It was the solution adopted to cover the railways in the core of the town.
Ah thanks, I couldn't work out what they are, apartments, offices or what?
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Old June 13th, 2008, 01:20 AM   #6
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I forgot it. Applying the adjetive 'fine' to Oviedo is really accurate for your part. It has a seignorial atmosphere most visitors agree with. Gijón is more... straightforward instead.

Woody Allen said "is as if it did not belong to this world, as if it did not exist...Oviedo is like a fairy-tale city, even with a Prince*..."

*The Prince of Spain is known as Prince of Asturias.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #7
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Ah thanks, I couldn't work out what they are, apartments, offices or what?
Pretty expensive apartments. They are pretty close to Uría St (the street between the station and the park, one of the most expensive in Spain ). My father's office is next to those buildings.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 04:42 AM   #8
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Wonderful place.

Great photo tour,. look forward to more.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 12:31 PM   #9
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People are usually impressed by Oviedo, wether they are domestic tourists or foreign. The city is just spotless, everything looks perfect, and the city council makes a big effort to keep the place in such a wonderful state. Even the old buildings have all been restorated with great care and an attention to detail you won't find in many places. As it has been said, it usually get the first prize as the cleanest city in Spain year after year.
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Really nice promenades in Oviedo.
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Old June 14th, 2008, 01:38 AM   #12
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Nice photos, Jonesy.
Oviedo (Uviéu), was not the first christian town in Spain. The "christianization" of Hispania begins in roman times.

Sorry, my english is very bad...
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Old June 14th, 2008, 01:54 AM   #13
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Beautiful pics,I had never seen pics of Oviedo befora,my great grandfather was from that city.
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Old June 14th, 2008, 02:03 AM   #14
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Andros is right. The first eccesiastical synod held in Roman Hispania was the Synod of Elvira (in modern Granada) in the year 303 or 314 according to different scholars. Christianism started in southern and eastern Hispania as these were much more romanized regions than northern Spain.
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Old June 14th, 2008, 11:08 PM   #15
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So beauty...
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Old June 15th, 2008, 12:42 AM   #16
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In the asturian and cantabrian forum we have a special thread for show pics of this city. If someone wants to visit it... http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=455673
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More Oviedo pics to come Jonesy?
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Stylish and elegant . If I'm to vote the country with the best architecture, it definitely goes to Spain

It reminds me of one SSC member starts with an A. He explained to me alot about his hometown aka Oviedo
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Old June 16th, 2008, 12:45 PM   #19
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More Oviedo pics to come Jonesy?
Unfortunately, that is it for Oviedo but look out for some more threads from Northern Spain coming soon, Bilbao, San Sebastian and another of the countryside/coastal areas of Pais Vasco, Cantabria and Asturias.

Sorry about my misleading information before, I just copied something from a guidebook I had, I should have known better as they are often wrong
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I guess the confusion might be because Oviedo was the capital of the first Christian kingdom in Iberia after the Muslim occupation, although the first capital of that kingdom was Cangas de Onís (near Covadonga).

Anyway you did a really good job in such small amount of time in the city. Didn't you see the spaceship designed by Calatrava ?

Other things that make Oviedo special in a Spanish context are the large amount of statues all over the city and the homogeneus classic street furniture. Even in working class districts they have those streetlights.
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