La Foncalada, Oviedo

La Foncalada, Oviedo

The Foncalada is a fountain of potable water located outside of the city walls of Oviedo. It was built by king Alfonso III of Asturias in the 9th century. This building remains the only surviving civil architectural item for public use of the High Middle Ages. Its name was given after the inscription in Latin: “fontem calatam”. Built in Pre-Romanesque style, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1998. It was originally placed near the city walls, next to an ancient Roman road. The decoration on top depicts the Victory Cross, symbol of Asturias. This public fountain is erected over a spring. The source is a rectangle of about 4 meters (13 ft) wide. It has a shape of a vaulted chapel. Below the Asturian Cross, two inscriptions remain: “With this sign the pious are protected, With this sign you shall defeat the enemy”; “Lord, put the sign of the salvation on this fountain to not allow hitting angel to enter”.
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La Foncalada on Map

Sight Name: La Foncalada
Sight Location: Oviedo, Spain (See walking tours in Oviedo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Oviedo, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Oviedo

Create Your Own Walk in Oviedo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Oviedo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
West Oviedo Walking Tour

West Oviedo Walking Tour

West Oviedo is presently the modern center of the city. Here are located major administrative institutions, as well as beautiful statues. Most of the old buildings are carefully preserved to serve as a reminder of the forefathers' talent and imagination. This tour will show you the most interesting sites in this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Oviedo Heritage Walking Tour

Oviedo Heritage Walking Tour

Oviedo city is home to many beautiful buildings and monuments, but some of them are especially meaningful, due to their role in the historical and cultural development of the region. This two-hour tour will show you the most significant landmarks on the northern side of Oviedo.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

It is believed that the city of Oviedo was founded by two monks, Nolan and John, in 761. And it is worth mentioning that the very first construction was a small church dedicated to Saint Vincent. A lot of beautiful churches have been built since then and we invite you to take this tour and explore the most significant religious buildings in Oviedo.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 2

Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 2

Oviedo is famous for featuring a lot of curious statues, sculptures and artistic compositions. Each of them has a story, certainly worth knowing. This tour will show you the most famous and beautiful of Oviedo hidden jewels.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Oviedo Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Oviedo Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain, and the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the region. It houses many priceless historic monuments, as well as museums intended to preserve the area's heritage. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous museums in Oviedo.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Oviedo Introduction Walking Tour

Oviedo Introduction Walking Tour

Tucked between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Bay of Biscay in the north of Spain, Oviedo - capital of the Asturias province - is renowned for its medieval old town, home to the historic Gothic cathedral, museums, convent, and numerous plazas. To explore them all in detail, follow this orientation tour and get an in-depth experience of Oviedo!

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles