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The historical background of Asturias has given way to an intense cultural tradition which is revealed by multiple manifestations: from the immaterial character, such as the Asturian language or the mythology, to the monumental heritage, without forgetting the folklore or gastronomy.

"The Asturian language" also known as "Bable" is the traditional language spoken in Asturias. Its grammar, dictionary and spelling rules have been elaborated by the Academy of Asturian Language . Although it is without official status, there is a law which regulates its use and promotion.

Within the monumental heritage of the Principality of Asturias, the Asturian Art, also known as Pre-romanesque Asturian, and declared World Heritage by the UNESCO, is clearly outstanding. The Paleolithic Cave Art of the north of Spain which includes five exceptional Asturias Caves has also been awarded with this distinction. The region also possesses significant examples of other styles of art (Romanesque, Gothic, baroque …) and a singular element of the popular architecture: the "horreo",(traditional Asturian barn) which is a genuine distinctive icon of the Asturian rural landscape.

The magnificent art collection treasured at the Bellas Artes of Asturias Museum , also deserves special mention as it displays the works of the most prominent Asturian artists of all times ( Carreño de Miranda, la saga de los Meléndez, Evaristo Valle, Nicanor Piñole, Luis Fernández…)and distinguished samples from the greatest Spanish painters (El Greco, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso, Dalí…).

Among the Asturian writers who have also made great literary contributions with respect to Spanish literature, we could point out Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Leopoldo Alas Clarin, Armando Palacio Valdes, Ramón Pérez de Ayala, Alfonso Camín, Alejandro Casona o Ángel González.
Traditional Asturian music displays two characteristic manifestations which have always been associated with the regional prototype: the "tonada song" and the asturian bagpipe.

The most avant-garde cultural production has its headquarters at the remarkable Laboral University of Gijón building: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial.

Regarding the projection and the pleasure offered by cultural activities, it is worth outlining the programmings of the already centenary Theatre of Jovellanos (Gijon), Theatre of Campoamor (Oviedo, where Prince of Asturias Awards ceremony is held) and Palace Valdés Theatre (in Aviles, venue for many events of the Óscar Niemeyer Internacional Cultural Centre ).

More info about Asturias

Information about Asturias in 'Tourism in Spain' website

InfoAsturias Official tourism website of Asturias

Encycloasturias



 

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