Gijón is a city and seaport in north-west Spain on the Bay of Biscay near the city of Oviedo. Gijón is thought to be the ancient Roman town of Gigia. It was captured by the Moors in the early 8th century; later in the same century, however, it became one of the first cities to be reconquered by Christian forces. It was destroyed by fire in 1395. The construction of the port was begun in 1480; it was fortified in the latter half of the 16th century, and in 1788 it was enlarged to cope with the West Indian trade.
Oviedo is the site of several medieval churches and a cathedral, Sancta Ovetensis. Begun in 1388, the latter contains the royal Asturian tombs.
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