Rumbo al Norte – Day 7: Universitad Laboral

The biggest building in Spain, after Gijon we visited just a small part of the 270,000 m2 Universitad Laboral, built between 1946 and 1956.

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Is there another word for magnificent? Because this was it. Grand. Awesome (in the real sense of the word)!

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The Asturian coat of arms

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The tower is somewhere between 177m (English and Italian wikipedia), 130m (Spanish wikipedia) and 137m high (Asturian wikipedia). It was inspired by the bell tower in the Cathedral of Seville (la Giralda).

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Hand prints take you to the little red fountain in which you can wash your hands or drink.

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Each half circle around the large, elliptical church under the tower has a mosaic and, in the dome part, the constellations.

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It’s the largest elliptical church in the world (807m2!) but there’s a hitch: it’s never been blessed and so doesn’t really count as a church.

This, also, is not on any guide that we read. Boyfriend found it on the 50 things to do in Gijon which we found to be very useful! We didn’t go up the tower though, because in winter it’s only open at specific times and….the time we were there was not the time it was open.

It was really great though, and highly recommended!

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One Comment on “Rumbo al Norte – Day 7: Universitad Laboral

  1. Pingback: Rumbo al Norte – Day 7: chasing dinosaurs | Full Of Daisies

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