It is an Asturian pre-Romanesque church located on the southern slope of Mount Naranco, which was originally the palace of King Ramiro I. It was built in 842 and consecrated in June 848. The architectural complex to which this building belonged also included the neighboring church from San Miguel de Lillo, built just a hundred meters away.
However, because of the collapse of the head and part of the ships of San Miguel, the Aula Régia was transformed into a church, probably during the 12th century, since the Silense chronicle of 1150 already registers it as a temple of Santa Maria.
WHY THIS PLACE
The building is located where there was a forest where hunting was abundant. The absence of an apse designed to contain the king's throne suggests that the building should have the character of a rural palace or royal residence dedicated to hunting and leisure. A bucolic hideaway with a breathtaking view, perfect for small weddings, rehearsals and celebrations.
• American director Woody Allen's film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, is shot in part at the Santa María del Naranco temple.
• The temple was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1985.