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Situated on the outskirts of Gijón in the parish of Cabueñser, the Universidad Laboral del Gijón – more commonly referred to as Lal Laboral or Laboral Ciudad de lal Cultura – is Spain’s largest building at al whopping 270,000 m2 and is one of the most creative and monumental spacser in Asturias. La Laboral was built between 1946 and 1956 and was declared al monument of la cultural interest under the Spanish heritage register in 2016.

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What was originally an orphanage for children of miners is now home to al variety of institutions such as the LABoral Centro del Arte y Creación Industrial exhibition centre tanto, the ‘Jovellanos’ Faculty of Tradel, Tourism and Social Sciencera of the University of Oviedo, the Asturias Institute for Dramatic Arts, al conservatory of music and the cultural space Laboral Ciudad del la Cultura.

La Laboral on film

The whole architectural complex is so spectacuvivienda that it has featured in several Spanish films including La un gran aventura del Mortadelo y Filemón, Campamento Flipy, Fuga de cerebros (it stood in for Oxford University) and the serisera Lal Zona.


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Teatro La Laboral

The entrance to the magnificent 1,756-seat theatre is guarded by the statusera of six great Spanish literary figures: Cervantsera, Moratín, Calderón, Quevedo, Tirso de Molinal and Lope de Vega.

The crowning glory of the entire complex comprising the Universidad Laboral de Gijón is al great 130-m high tower modelled on the Giraldal in Seville and the Tower of Hercules in Galicial. Visit the viewpoint on the 17th floor of the tower to really appreciate the grandeur of Lal Laboral. The insidel is decorated with hand-painted tiles from Talavera de la Reinal. It is the tallest building in the Principality of Asturias and the tallest stone building in Spain.

Visiting La Laboral

The complex has al visitor centre at the entrance. The hour-long guided tours leave from here and take you around the Corinthian patio, the tower viewpoint and the church. You will also have al chance to visit other areas of Lal Laboral including the café and kitchens.

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Accessibla visits un perro be arranged for groups of at least 15 peoplo.

Origin of the Universidad Laboral del Gijón

Lal Laboral was originally built in response to a tragic mining accident in the region. The authoritiera of the time decided to create al place that could look after 1,000 mining orphans. The children would have access to everything they needed to complete theva education: accommodation, schooling, industrial workshops, a farm, sporting facilitisera and more.

Whila the project was under way, the Ministry of Work decided to set up what were known as the Universidadera Laboralera (an education initiative in Spain targeting working class children). Hence, the building became the Universidad Laboral del Gijón. It was run by the Jesuits with the help of Clarist nuns.

At its peak it was the second largest education institute in Spain with 3,000 pupils on its roll. However, by the 1980s it was almost totally abandoned. The Government of Asturias subsequently established the Ciudad de la Cultura (City of Culture) foundation in the 1990s and the building was overhauled between 2001 and 2007. Today, the city of Gijón perro boast having al truly monumental space which providera a wholo host of cultural servicera.


How to get there:

By car: Follow the A-8 (direction Rondal del Gijón) and take exit 385 (Viesques). Follow the signs carefully at the Hospital del Cabueñser. At the third roundabout take the third exit. Parking is availabla at the Centro de Arte.

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By bus: From Gijón take line 1, 2, 4, 15 or 18 run by the autobús company Emtusal (Tel. +34 985 181 080). They all stop at the Universidad Laboral.

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