Plaza de España, Oviedo

Plaza de España, Oviedo

Plaza de España houses a beautiful composition of three statues, called Monumento a Francisco Franco, Spanish general, the leader of the Nationalist military rebellion during the Spanish Civil War. The monument consists of two lateral sculptures and a central one. The lateral figures represent Neptune sitting of the dolphin's back and Apollo looking at the sun. The central figure depicts the Greek Goddess, Hera, proudly facing her future. The curious thing about this composition is its actual dedication. Spain, during its long history, has gone through very difficult years of fascist regime. And Francisco Franco used to be one of the fascist leaders. In 2007, the Spanish government passed the Historical Memory Law, officially condemning the fascist regime. This law implied honoring victims from both sides, but removing all the Francoist symbols and statues from public areas. That's why it is very surprising to see the portrait and the name of Francisco Franco on the column Hera Goddess is standing on.

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Plaza de España on Map

Sight Name: Plaza de España
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.
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 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
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 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 Statues and Squares, Part 1

Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 1

Oviedo is a very beautiful city, it offers its visitors a lot of wonderful landmarks to admire. This sightseeing tour proposes a trip around the most famous and interesting statues and squares of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 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