What to see in Oviedo
The Oviedo Exhibition and Congresses Palace was inaugurated in 2007 and is one of the most modern exhibition and commercial areas in the city.
Designed by the famous Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, this monumental palace for events, exhibitions and commercial purposes has a modern and organic architectural style distributed over three floors. Its aim is to serve as a commercial and exhibition epicentre for the 21st century.
The ground floor is dedicated to the exhibition area (about 2,300 square meters) and a multipurpose exhibition area of more than 400 square meters with a capacity for 217 people. The second floor provides access to the auditorium and has room for more than 2,100 people with an imposing white steel dome. Finally, the third floor has a dozen meeting rooms.
Around the palace is an immense area dedicated to the Administrative Services of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, a modern hotel with 150 rooms and a parking area for almost 1,800 vehicles.
In addition to being the most important 21st century exhibition and conference centre in Oviedo, Calatrava has a visually striking design due to its organic and spatial form, which completely breaks with the traditional profile of the city.
Although Calatrava's bold design initially received criticism, it slowly gained in popularity over time and is currently considered a modern icon of the city.