It is a place of the council of Oviedo, very close to the urban helmet of the city of Oviedo, to the shade of the mount Naranco and forced step of the Primitive Way. The existence in the place of a hospital for lepers is recorded written since the fourteenth century, but it is believed that its origin must have been quite earlier, although it only remains the name of the town, San Lazaro de Paniceres. This hospital and the one in another of the entrances to the city of Oviedo, that of Cervielleso Entrecaminos, were intrinsically related. When the disease of leprosy was remitting, back in the second half of the eighteenth century, the goods of the malateries and the patients who were still in them, were transferred to the Royal Hospice of the Asturian capital and years later the land occupied by these hospitals were leased and their materials auctioned. With these materials, the Quinta Méndez was built, of which the remains can still be seen. The Quinta had a chapel in which the image of San Lázaro was kept, which also came from malting, and which seems to have disappeared during the Civil War.
In San Lázaro de Paniceres you can see some decorated paneras, good examples of the traditional architecture of the area.
Tradition has it that many leprosy sufferers made a more or less integrated life in society, even neighbors used to welcome them in their homes and at their tables, despite the fear of contagion of one of the most feared diseases at the time. But on a good day in the year 1543 the town council decreed that the maladies could not circulate freely in the city and that they had to enter the Paniceres hospital within three days at most, after which the one who had not done so would receive a hundred lashes as punishment.
In the 14th century leprosy was protected by nobles, kings and ecclesiastics, since the protection of malateries was considered one of the greatest acts of Christian charity, since leprosy, pellagra, rose disease, that of Saint Lazarus... were among the most feared diseases of antiquity. Saint Lazarus and the Magdalene are the patron saints of lepers and hospitals were founded under their title.
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San Lázaro de Paniceres can be reached by leaving Oviedo along the N-634 road, taking the AS-232 road in the direction of Las Campas. Before reaching this locality, without having left Oviedo yet, a local road takes us to the nearby San Lázaro de Paniceres. Also from the Avda. de Los Monumentos if we turn off towards Los Llanos we would arrive at San Lázaro de Paniceres.
San Lázaro de Paniceres is connected to Oviedo through the urban bus service. These bus lines not only bring you to points within the city but also to towns of the Municipality of Oviedo. The Oviedo bus station, the closest to San Lázaro de Paniceres, is located at C/Pepe Cosmen, s/n and the telephone numbers for further information are 902 499 949, 985 969 696 and 985 969 678.
The closest train station to San Lázaro de Paniceres is the North Station, in Oviedo, which is the main station and is located in C/Uría, s/n. The customer service office has telephone numbers 985 981 441 and 902 320 320.
Asturias Airport, located in Santiago del Monte, about 45 km from Oviedo, is the closest airport to San Lázaro de Paniceres and offers direct flights to and from Alicante, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Seville, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lisbon, Marseille, Menorca, Monastir, Paris, Tenerife Sur and Valencia. The telephone number for information is 985 12 75 00.
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