La Foncalada World Heritage Site

Fountain of potable water

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La Foncalada
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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LocationOviedo, Asturias, Spain
Part ofMonuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias
CriteriaCultural: (i), (ii), (iv)
Reference312-006
Inscription1985 (9th session)
Extensions1998
Area0.001 ha (0.0025 acres)
Buffer zone1.58 ha (3.9 acres)
Coordinates43°21′55.0″N 5°50′45.6″W / 43.365278°N 5.846000°W / 43.365278; -5.846000Coordinates: 43°21′55.0″N 5°50′45.6″W / 43.365278°N 5.846000°W / 43.365278; -5.846000
La Foncalada is located in Asturias
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La Foncalada is located in Spain
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The Foncalada is a fountain of potable water located outside the city walls of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain; it was built by king Alfonso III of Asturias in the 9th century. This building remains the only surviving civil architectural item for public use of the Early Middle Ages. Its name was given after the inscription in Latin: fontem calatam written on it. Built in Pre-Romanesque style, it has been included with other Asturian Pre-Romanesque sites on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List since 1998.[1]

It was originally placed near the city walls, next to an ancient Roman road. The decoration on top depicts the Victory Cross, symbol of Asturias.

  1. ^ "Monuments of Oviedo". Retrieved 2020-08-06.

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