The Fountain of the Foncalada

“With this sign the pious are protected, With this sign you shall defeat the enemy”

Fountain of the Foncalada

This is the inscription engraved upon the Foncalada: a fountain near the city center, and the only remaining civil service structure in Asturias still standing from the Middle Ages. It was constructed in the 9th Century at the behest of King Alfonso III, and features the Victory Cross above the inscription.

In 2008, the Foncalada was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. That the fountain still works is remarkable in and of itself. We walked by about 50 times without ever descending the stairs to check it out. Don’t make that mistake: the Foncalada takes about 10 seconds to see, and is definitely worth a picture.

Fountain of the Foncalada Oviedo
Fountains of Oviedo
Oviedo water ways
Old Writings Oviedo Asturias

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