ARCHITECT, Spanish
(active mid 9th century in Asturias)

Exterior view

c. 850
Photo
San Miguel de Lillo, Monte Naranco, Oviedo

Only fragments have survived of the Pre-Romanesque Christian architecture in northern Spain from the time of the kingdom of the Asturias. The most significant monuments are found near the old capital of Oviedo. here King Ramiro I (842-850) built a palace complex with audience chamber at the Monte Naranco, which was extended by his successor Ordoño I with the construction of a church, San Miguel de Lillo. Both buildings feature a remarkable wealth of architectural articulating elements, such as pilaster strips, blind arches, and cornices, and many ornamental shapes in relief.

The main space of the church, only part of which have survived, is subdivided into several short aisles. The transepts, which hardly project beyond the width of side aisles, is adjoined by rectangular, cell-like chambers used as side chapels and to house the altars.

View the ground plan of the building.




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