Iglesia de San Isidoro (San Isidoro Church), Oviedo

Iglesia de San Isidoro (San Isidoro Church), Oviedo

Located in Plaza de la Constitución, which is the square adjacent to the Town Hall, the church of San Isidoro el Real is a “Bien de Interés Cultural” (Asset of Cultural Interest). The temple was begun in the late 16th century, as part of the Jesuits of San Matías college, and was finally completed and consecrated only in 1681.

Throughout the construction that lasted almost a century, the project was headed by several architects. The most prominent of them was Francisco Menéndez Camina, responsible for the Baroque-style façade and most of the interior. The original design was done by Juan de Tolosa. The belfry and the apse are attributed to the 18th-century architect, Francisco de la Riva. As for the last phase of the project, during which the chapel of the School of Mary was constructed, in 1745 (now gone), it was carried out by Pedro Antonio Menéndez.

The Neoclassic temple stands on the site of another, old Romanesque church, which was also dedicated to San Isidoro. In keeping with the Jesuit typology, the building has a Latin-cross plan with a single nave, four sections with open and interconnected side chapels, and a single external bell tower (although, initially, the design implied two towers, which didn't materialize because of the lack of funds).

The transept, not very prominent, is covered with a dome. On the façade, inside the niches, there are sculptures of San Isidoro, San Antonio de Padua, and Archangel San Gabriel.
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Sight Name: Iglesia de San Isidoro (San Isidoro Church)
Sight Location: Oviedo, Spain (See walking tours in Oviedo)
Sight Type: Religious
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