Avila Spain tourism

Avila town and cathedralDefined in proverb as “ the land of song and saint”, Avila (pop. 47, 650), standing 1, 131 metres above sea level, is the highest of the provincial capitals. Its carefully preserved town centre and its numerous attractive monuments are two of the reasons why this small, peaceful city was declared part of the Heritage of Mankind in 1985.

But before immersing themselves in the maze of medieval streets, visitors should take the opportunity to enjoy the best views of Avila from a truly splendid vantage poin. Known as Los Cuatro Postes, this is situated a bare two kilometres from the city, just off the Salamanca road. The most characteristic sight in Avila is its famous medieval walls, the best preserved in Europe. Begun around the year 1090, this solid “case” of stone measures 2, 5 kilometres in length and has 6 gates, 3 posterns, 88 towers and battlements with some 2500 merlons. The best-known tower is the “cimorro”, which houses the gigantic apse of the Cathedral of Avila. Tourist can climb to the top of the walls by way of the Alcazar gate situated in Plaza de Santa Teresa.

Avila, city wall

Nearby soars the supers Cathedral, which bears a surprising resemblance to a military fortress The front consists of a crenellated tower almost 43 metres high with superimposed Gothic and Baroque elements. In the interior, the armonious dual space of the apse aisle, finished in the white and ruddy stone is particularly striking. There, behind the main altar, it is worth stopping before the carven alabaster tomb of El Tostado, a masterpiece by Vasco de la Zarza. One the centrepieces of the Cathedral Museum is a silver processional monstrance by Juan de Arfe.

Outside the walls in the Basilica de San Vicente, which is reached by the gate of the same name. This is the most important Romanesque building in Avila and is easily recognisable by its bell-tower. The church, which was begun in the 12th century, contains the splendid cenotaph of Saint Vincent and his sisters, decorated with scenes from the lives of these martyrs.

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