Our ship docked in the port of Gijon, but Kay and I went inland to Oviedo to visit with friends of ours and to enjoy a personalized tour of the beautiful city. Medieval is the adjective used to describe this beautiful city rather than Roman. The cathedrals, churches, public buildings and monasteries date the middle ages rather than being ancient. Monte Naranco is a hill above the city (2080 ft.) which provides wide landscape views of the entire municipality--unless there is fog (which there often is in this very humid province of Asturias). There are also two small medieval churches which can be visited on the hill top. They are not used for regular services any more, but special events like weddings and other celebrations can be staged in them. Both Santa Maria del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo are structures from the 9 th century and both have very restricted visiting hours because of their fragility.
Santa Maria del Naranco
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