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The church of St Mary at Mount Naranco is a Roman Catholic, Asturian pre-Romanesque church, which lies on the slope of Mount Naranco. It is situated 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Oviedo, Spain. Ramiro I of Asturias ordered it to be built as a royal palace as part of a larger complex that also incorporated the nearby church of San Miguel de Lillo, 100 meters away. It was completed in 848 CE. Its structural features, such as the barrel vault — with transverse ribs corresponding one-to-one with contraforts at the exterior, make it a clear precursor of the Romanesque construction. The exterior decorations, as well as the use of stilted arches mark the intended verticality of the composition. It was converted into a church at the end of the 13th century CE. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1985.
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Raiz, . (2018, December 17). Church of St Mary at Mount Naranco (year 848). Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image3d/416/
Raiz, . "Church of St Mary at Mount Naranco (year 848)." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 17, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image3d/416/.
Raiz, . "Church of St Mary at Mount Naranco (year 848)." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 17 Dec 2018. Web. 30 Mar 2020.