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.
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
Oviedo Statues and Squares

Oviedo Statues and Squares

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 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