Oviedo posted: 2014-11-05 12:18:00
Oviedo is the capital city of the Asturias region in northern Spain. It is also the starting point of the Original Way on the Camino de Santiago. This city is drenched in history and beautiful architecture, which is great news for Camino travellers. The Original Way is not the only route that passes through Oviedo. Many routes pass through this city, making it extremely popular for those walking the Camino.
Background of Oviedo
In 791 AD King Alfonso II took over the Kingdom of The Asturias and decided that Oviedo should be the capital city. Alfonso II was also the first to travel to see the burial place of Saint James in what is now known as Santiago de Compostela. The Camino’s history lies in the heart of Oviedo making it a common stop for pilgrims walking the Camino. One of the most popular sights in the city is the Oviedo cathedral. If you choose to do the Original Way or the Northern Way you will get a chance to see this beautiful piece of architecture.
The cathedral of Oviedo was originally built in 781 AD by King Freula I of Asturias and enlarged by his son Alfonso II in 802 AD. During the following centuries, the cathedral was continually restored and added to. Eventually, this led to its declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. There are guided tours and temporary exhibitions for Camino pilgrims to enjoy. This building holds a lot of history in its architecture for people walking the Camino de Santiago or simply visiting the city to enjoy its charm.
Other Points of Interest in Oviedo
Oviedo is an energetic, authentic and beautiful Spanish city. If you arrive in Oviedo during the third week of September you will stumble upon its most important festival, San Mateo. The two most important days of the festival are Dia de America and Dia de San Mateo. If you are in this area around that time, keep an eye out for these special celebrations. Taking a walk through the University of Oviedo is also very enjoyable. There are plenty of museums open all week for visitors to explore. Oviedo is a great city to spend an extra day in before, during or after you have finished your Camino experience.
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