Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 1 (Self Guided), Oviedo

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.
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Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 1
Guide Location: Spain » Oviedo (See other walking tours in Oviedo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Mavi
  • Luis Riera Posada Statue
  • Woody Allen Statue
  • Meninas
  • Encarna con Chiquitin
  • La Maternidad
  • Esperanza Caminando
  • La pensadora
  • Plaza del Carbayón
  • Statue of Archbishop Fernando de Valdés Salas
  • Plaza Porlier De Oviedo
  • La Regenta
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Mavi

1) Mavi

Mavi is a sculpture by Santiago de Santiago, located in the Plaza Longoria Carbajal. It was placed in front of the square fountain in 1994. The sculpture is carved in volcanic stone and bronze, it depicts a young woman kneeling and covering her face with her hand, shrunk under the weight of problems and pain.
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Luis Riera Posada Statue

2) Luis Riera Posada Statue

Luis Posada Riera was a Spanish lawyer, who in 1979, as a result of the first democratic elections, became the Mayor of Oviedo. He was also the President of the Municipal Corporation, as well as the President of the Asturian Center of Oviedo, and President of the Society of Celebration Ovetense. Posada held many official posts during his carrier and did his best to help and support the people. As mayor, he solved the problem of water supply, paved roads and much more. In 1994, he received the award of Honorary Citizen of Oviedo. In December 2000, a street was named after this great man. Luis Riera Posada died on the 24th of March, 2007, in the city he dedicated most of his life to.
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Woody Allen Statue

3) Woody Allen Statue

A life-size statue of Woody Allen was set on Calle de Pelayo in 2005. The statue was inaugurated after the famous film director dedicated compliments to the city of Oviedo upon receiving the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes. In 2005, Allen came to Spain and reached an agreement to film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” in Avilés, Barcelona and Oviedo. Shooting in Ovideo started on July 9, 2007.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Meninas

4) Meninas

The Las Meninas statues on the Paseo de los Alamos were designed by Manolo Valdés. He derived the image of “Menina” studying the works of Picasso, Matisse, Rubens and Velasquez. These statues where set to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Cajastur Cultural Center. It took more than a year to plan, design and create the 21 statues. Today, Las Meninas represent a distinctive feature of the city and make part of its cultural heritage.
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Encarna con Chiquitin

5) Encarna con Chiquitin

Encarna con Chiquitin is located on Paseo de los Alamos, near the legendary Campo de San Francisco. This statue was created by the great Oviedo sculptor Sebastián Miranda. It was installed in its present location in 2005, 20 years after the artist's death. The composition belongs to the long list of Oviedo's statues dedicated to motherhood. Encarna con Chiquitin depicts a mother breast-feeding her child. The sculpture amazes with its realism.
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La Maternidad

6) La Maternidad

La Maternidad sculpture is located in the Plaza de la Escandalera, between the historic and commercial centers of the city, a very busy place. “La Maternidad” is translated from Spanish as “motherhood”. The name perfectly represents the message of the composition, it depicts a mother with a little boy on her knees. The statue was created by Fernando Botero Angul, Colombian figurative artist. He gave start to the artistic tendency called "Boterismo". Botero depicts women, men, daily life, historical events and characters, milestones of art, still-life, animals and the natural world in general, with exaggerated and disproportionate volumetry, accompanied by fine details of scathing criticism, irony, humor, and ingenuity. La Maternidad was installed in 1996, it is 2.46 meters high, made of perfectly polished brass. The locals call this statue “La Gorda”, what can be directly translated as “fat woman”.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Esperanza Caminando

7) Esperanza Caminando

Esperanza Caminando represents a young student walking, absorbed in a book, not noticing the world around. This sculpture is the only work of Julio Lopez Hernandez in Oviedo city. The Esperanza Caminando (directly translated as “walk of hope”) is located in front of the entrance to the Teatro Campoamor, near the street light, turning into a very romantic figure at night.
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La pensadora

8) La pensadora

La pensadora is a bronze reproduction of a wood carving from 1968 by José Luis Fernández. It was inaugurated in the Plaza del Carbayón in 1999. “La persadora” means “the thinker”, it depicts a woman immersed in her thoughts, with her eyes glued to the horizon.
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Plaza del Carbayón

9) Plaza del Carbayón

Plaza del Carbayón is located in the historic center of the city. It was called a lot of names over the years, including Campo de la Lana, Huerta de Santa Clara, Plaza Progreso, Plaza de la Reina María Cristina, Plaza de los Estudiantes, Plaza Galicia, and finally, Plaza del Carbayón. The square derives its name from the legendary Asturian oak (“carbayón”), which had an enormous importance for the city of Ovideo. The citizens are even unofficially called “carbayones”. Plaza del Carbayón is also famous for the artistic composition called “Monumento a la concordia”. It is a sculpture by Esperanza D'Ors, depicting three naked men and three naked women, placed in pairs. This composition reflects the brotherhood, common efforts and team work. Monumento a la concordia was inaugurated in 1997.
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Statue of Archbishop Fernando de Valdés Salas

10) Statue of Archbishop Fernando de Valdés Salas

The Statue of Archbishop Fernando de Valdés Salas is located in the courtyard of University of Oviedo's library. Fernando de Valdés was a Spanish churchman and jurist, Professor of Canon Law at the University of Salamanca, and later its Chancellor. He was a member of the Supreme Council of the Spanish Inquisition from 1516 and is famous for establishing the Oviedo University. He also founded the Colegio de San Pelayo in Salamanca, as well as contributed to the construction of numerous cultural and educational institutions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Plaza Porlier De Oviedo

11) Plaza Porlier De Oviedo

Plaza Porlier De Oviedo is a beautiful square in the center of Oviedo, right next to the Plaza de Alfonso II. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings: Palacio de los Condes de Toreno, one of the leading examples of Baroque architecture, currently housing the headquarters of the Royal Institute of Asturian Studies; The Camposagrado Palace presently the site of the Supreme Court of Asturias; and even the Cathedral of San Salvador can be clearly seen from the square. One of the curious features of the square is the Escultura El viajero (Sculpture of the Traveler). It depicts a man in a fedora and overcoat, surrounded by suitcases. Since its installation in 1993, El viajero has become one of the most photographed places in the city.
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La Regenta

12) La Regenta

La Regenta statue was installed in the Cathedral Square in 1997. It depicts Ana, the main heroine of the realist novel “La Regenta” by Spanish author Leopoldo Alas y Ureña. The statue was created by Mauro Álvarez and delights with its realism and meticulous attention to details.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Oviedo, Spain

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