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Valdes-Salas Foundation

The Valdés-Salas Palace, located in Salas, Asturias, is an architectural jewel that served as the birthplace of the illustrious inquisitor and founder of the University of Oviedo, Fernando de Valdés. Today, this magnificent building has been restored and converted into a hotel-restaurant, ready to reopen its doors after a new concession. In addition to its hotel function, the palace houses the Aula Valdés-Salas of the University of Oviedo and the Valdés-Salas Foundation, which promotes culture and education in the region.

The Valdés-Salas Palace is much more than a place for accommodation and restoration; it is a cultural and educational center that preserves the history and legacy of one of the most outstanding figures in Asturian history. In addition to offering hospitality to its visitors, the palace houses the Pre-Romanesque Museum of San Martín, where original pieces dating from the 10th century, representative of Asturian pre-Romanesque art, are on display. Among these pieces, the Salas Cross, considered the most representative of the museum, stands out. This 10th century Asturian cross contains Latin inscriptions that evoke the motto of the coat of arms of Asturias, offering a tangible link to the history and culture of the region. The palace also features an interesting exhibition of medieval and Renaissance maps, including such items as the Al Idrisi Map and the Hereford Map, which transport visitors back in time and invite them to explore the rich cartographic history of the world. Open to the public from April to September, the Valdés-Salas Palace stands as a must-see cultural and tourist destination in Asturias.

Images Courtesy Fundación Valdés-Salas

  • Address
    Palacio Valdés, Pl. de la Campa, s/n, Salas, Asturias
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    From April to September, from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00
  • What to see
    Maps exhibition, Pre-Romanesque Museum


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