Six routes to remember Oman’s heritage

Six routes to remember Oman’s heritage
Six routes to remember Oman’s heritage

The Riello City Council is launching, for another summer, the programme of guided tours to rediscover the forgotten art of the area under the name ‘The popular art of OmañaThe City Council believes that heritage is a fundamental asset for preserving the identity of the Omaña region, but at the same time it can also be used as a resource that already exists and we can use it to promote local and cultural tourism.

These guided tours will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the months of July, August and September, visiting several towns in the municipality of Riello, in the region of Omaña, and discovering their artistic heritage hidden in churches or mansions normally closed to the public. The routes will take place in the mornings in each private vehicleTo sign up, you must contact the Riello Tourist Office.

In total, six routes that will take us through Socil and Ariego de Abajo, Pandorado-Curueña, Manzaneda de Omaña-Salce, Castro de la Lomba-Rosales, La Omañuela-Guisatecha-El Castillo, and El Castillo-Cirujales-Valbueno.

Social and Ariego from Below

This route will take place on Fridays, leaving from the Riello Tourist Office. In Socil you will find the Church of St. Michael the Archangelwhich houses a well-preserved Baroque altarpiece from the first half of the 18th century. The temple also houses some very archaic Christmas bouquets. In Ariego de Abajo we will visit the Casona de los Álvarez-Valcarce, which is an example of the noble and heraldic houses that existed in the region.


This itinerary, which takes place on Saturdays with departure from the Riello Tourist Office, takes us to the Sanctuary of Pandoradowhich celebrates an important pilgrimage every 15th of August, attended by the faithful from the towns in the region. The temple stands out for its four baroque altarpieces, dating from the 18th century, and its mural paintings. In Curueña, the Casona de los Flórez de Quiñones stands out, a famous building that houses noble polychrome wooden beds and interesting domestic furniture. In addition, the town is home to the church of Santiago, entirely covered by a barrel vault, and decorated with altarpieces, a colorful railing, and the choir railing.

Apple of Oman-Salce

Departing from El Castillo, this route will take place on Sundays, starting with a visit to the church of small town of Manzanedawhich stands out for its excellent collection of 16th-century Renaissance mural paintings. Next, in Salce, the visit continues to the church that preserves one of the best collections of sacred art in Omaña, with up to three altarpieces from different periods and numerous carvings.

Castro de la Lomba-Rosales

On Fridays, leaving from the Tourist Office, the route between Castro de la Lomba and Rosales. Castro de la Lomba dates back to the pre-Roman settlement, which gives its name to the town. Near the castro is the church of Santiago, with spectacular baroque altarpieces. In Rosales, it is striking how some traditional agricultural uses have been maintained in walls and orchard enclosures. Also, the church dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin, where the ossuary, the choir, altarpieces and other furniture painted in strong tones stand out.

The Omañuela-Guisatecha-The Castle

This route takes place on Saturdays with departure from the Tourist Office. Church of the Savior of La Omañuela The church is accessed through a tiny semicircular arch. The interior of the church of Santa Marina in Guisatecha has a similar appearance, with the main altarpiece, the oldest preserved in Omaña, dating from the 16th century. Also noteworthy are its mural paintings simulating stone ashlars.

The Castle-Cirujales-Valbueno

The sixth and final guided tour will take place on Sundays, leaving from El Castillo. Of uncertain origins, Benal Castle It passed into the hands of the Quiñones family at the end of the 14th century. It has a square tower and semicircular bastions. The interior of the church of San Pedro de Cirujales has remained virtually unchanged. Finally, in the bucolic village of Valbueno, the church of Santa Marina awaits us, which is covered with a superb and ancient wooden framework.

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