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Church of St. Michael of Lillo
San Miguel de Lillo (Spanish)
San Miguel de Lliño (Asturian)
Basic information
Location Spain Oviedo, Spain
Geographic coordinates 43°22′49″N 5°52′6.2″W / 43.38028°N 5.868389°W / 43.38028; -5.868389Coordinates: 43°22′49″N 5°52′6.2″W / 43.38028°N 5.868389°W / 43.38028; -5.868389
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Asturias
Year consecrated 848
Ecclesiastical status Inactive
Heritage designation World Heritage Site
Website Official website
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Pre-Romanesque
Direction of facade SSE
Length 12 metres (39 ft)
Width 10 metres (33 ft)
Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Coat of arms of the Kingdom of the Asturias
State Party  Spain
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv, vi
Reference 312
Region** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1985  (9th Session)
Extensions 1998
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

The church of St. Michael of Lillo (Spanish: San Miguel de Lillo, Asturian: San Miguel de Lliño) is a Roman Catholic church built on the Naranco mount, near the Church of Santa María del Naranco in Asturias. It was consecrated by Ramiro I and his wife Paterna in the year 848. It was originally dedicated to St. Mary until this worship passed to the nearby palace in the 12th century, leaving this church dedicated to Saint Michael. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

Ground plan

It originally had a basilica ground plan, three aisles with a barrel vault, although part of the original structure has disappeared as the building collapsed during the 12th or 13th century. Nowadays, it conserves its western half from that period, together with several elements in the rest of the church such as the fantastic jambs in the vestibule or the extraordinary lattice on the window of the southern wall, sculpted from one single piece of stone.

9th century side window

See also


  • Moffitt, John F. (1999) (in Spanish). The arts in Spain.. London: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0500203156.  

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