Ávila, about a 60-minute drive from Madrid, has kept a unique historical legacy. Named a World Heritage Site in 1985, this Castilian city is still enclosed by its Medieval walls, 2.5km in length. The Old Town is the fine result of fruitful interaction between the Jews, the Muslims and the Christians.
The Medieval walls, 2.5km long, are punctuated by 88 turrets and 9 gates, Puerta de San Vicente and Puerta de Alcázar being the most impressive of those guarding the Romanesque defensive rampart.
The apse of the Cathedral actually forms part of the walls, which reminds us of its defensive nature. The interior contains Romanesque sections, while the newer ones show a Gothic style. In fact, Ávila was among the first Castilian towns to use Gothic elements.
Other sights of interest
Basilica of San Vicente. This basilica is Ávila’s most outstanding Romanesque church.
Basilica of San Pedro. It stands out for its unusual red stone and its Cistercian rose window.
Church of Santo Tomé El Viejo. A Romanesque church within the Museum of Ávila, it contains a fabulous archaeological exhibition.
Church of San Andrés. An unusual example of Ávila’s Romanesque architecture.
Church of San Martín. Featuring the most original belfry tower in town, the brick and ashlar exterior endows the structure with an unmistakable Mudéjar character.
Church of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza. A church with the east end in granite, aisles with brick walls and apse chapels with really unique arches.
House of Gómez Dávila or Valderrábanos Palace. Converted to a hotel, the house has a Gothic façade from the fifteenth century, decorated with figures, and a tower rebuilt in 1877.
Royal Monastery of Santo Tomás. Some way from the centre, this Dominican convent is an emblematic monument and the home of the Asian Art Museum.
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