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Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain. Nobody knows how the town came to exist. There is a legend which says that two monks Maximo and Fromestanus founded the city in the 8th century. That settlement was soon to be completed with the construction of a small church. However, archaeologists have found evidence that suggests the area was first settled by the Romans. Oviedo is a wonderful city that has a lot of amazing attractions tourists must not miss.
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Prince of Asturias Awards is the most prestigious prizes ceremony that are granted to individuals, entities or organizations from all around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to see amazing people being rewarded for their contributions to different areas of expertise.
The Archaelogical Museum of Asturias is housed in the 16th century Benedictine monastery of Saint Vicente in Oviedo. Its findings include collections of the Asturian Neolithic, Megalithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age up to the pre-Romanesque and Romanesque periods of the Kingdom of Asturias. The museum also holds exhibits of Asturian Ethnography, Heraldry, Medieval and Modern Epigraphy, Spanish Numismatics and Armor. It is a wonderful place where tourists can learn many interesting things about Spanish past history, culture and civilization.
Cathedral of San Salvador is a wonderful Gothic church started in 1348 and finished at the end of the 15th century. It is one of the main stations for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The style of the Cathedral is Flamboyant Gothic, but it has also got Baroque elements. It has only one tower, that reaches 200 ft in height. The Cathedral has huge wooden doors with beautiful intricate carvings.
Teatro Campoamor is a great theater in Oviedo that is a beautiful Belle Epoque building, finished in 1892. It was named for Ramon de Campoamor, who was a famous playwright and poet. The theater was destroyed during the Spanish civil war and only the facade remained standing. The theater was reconstructed in 1948 and besides holding opera concerts, it is the site for the Principe de Asturias Prizes.