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JEWISH Oviedo

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Oviedo's Jewish Quarter is largely non existent - no streets or houses remain - yet their presence in the city documents back to the its 8th century founding by 2 monks. Today, Ovieda is most well known for its Prince of Asturias Awards which gives out awards in 8 categories. Notable winners include Al Gore and Bob Dylan.

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Fernando de Valdés Salas Statue at Oviedo University

The stern look on the face of Fernando de Valdés Salas in the statue representing him at the center of the cloister of Oviedo University, undoubtedly incarnates the pompous character of the founder of this institution, but it is also, if you want to look at it that way, a certain examination of conscience after his work as the grand inquisitor between 1547 and 1566 when he was the central figure, amongst other cases, in the famous proceedings against Bartolomé de Carranza, the author of a big Índice de libros prohibidos (List of Prohibited books), but also an unflagging driving force behind cultural and charitable ventures; perhaps today don Fernando would not have been surprised to know that the volumes kept at the University library include two magnificent editions of the Ferrara Bible from 1553, a Bible in Spanish translated word for word from the Hebrew truth by most excellent academics and seen and examined by the office of the Inquisition. Design in 1574 by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, the building, surrounded by the mandatory university quarry which established the higher jurisdiction of the chancellor, accommodated the faculties of Arts, Canons, Laws and Theology after its solemn inauguration in 1608 which its main promoter Valdés was unable to attend as he died a few years previously. The magnificent building which can be seen today is the culmination of profound restoration after the damage caused to the property during the October Revolution of 1934 and the subsequent Civil War.

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World Jewish Travel Official May 24, 2022

The Jewish Story of Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo's Jewish Quarter is largely non existent - no streets or houses remain - yet their presence in the city documents back to the its 8th century founding by 2 monks. Today, Ovieda is most well known for its Prince of Asturias Awards which gives out awards in 8 categories. Notable winners include Al Gore and Bob Dylan.

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