Padres Franciscanos Church
The oldest building in Aviles. The remains of Pedro Menendez the popular seaman from Aviles , who founded the first city in the United States of America , San Augustia de la Florida, are kept in this church.
A charming street built in the 17th century they say has hardly changed. The colonnades give shelter from the rain and sun. The warehouses and stables were on the ground floor and the people lived on the first floor ,with a garden at the back. The street is a pedestrian area.
Aviles - Calle Galiana.
This pedestrian street right in the centre of the "Casco Historica" of Aviles is probably the most photographed. It's notoriety is well merited. Arcades on practically its whole length that have a certain peculiarity. Under the arcades the pavement is split into two distinct parts. Three centuries ago the paved part was for the people and the cobbled part for the animals. Apparently the animals, when walking on the cobbles could not, for fear of losing their footing, suddenly decide to accelerate or run.
Aviles - Calle San Francisco.
This street runs directly away from Plaza de Espana and has first the well known fountain of "Fuente de los Canos de San Francisco" followed by the Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari and of course more arcades and the lovely Plaza Alvarez Acebal.
The fountain is 16th century and has its replica in St. Augustine, Florida offered by the town of Aviles in honour of Pedro Menendez, the founder of St. Augustine in 1565.
Aviles - Close to the centre.
From the Plaza de Espana, the old medieval streets such as calle Ferreria, Rivero and San Francisco take you to the heart of the old quarters. Plenty of nooks and crannies to explore where gothic, baroque and modern rub shoulders.
Tourist information centre is on calle Ferreria, just to the right of the 17th century town hall.
River De Aviles
The train station backs on to the river estuary. Aviles is on the coastline of Asturias North Spain.
Aviles town hall
Town Hall built by Juan De Estrada in baroque style in 1670.is in Plaza De Espana. " Aviles" is supposed to have come from Abilius a roman king.
San Nicolas De Bari Church
San Nicolas de Bari church was built in Romanesque style over 800 years ago and stands in San Francisco street. Aviles.
Balseras Palace Conservatory
A corner building the Balseras Palace Conservatory houses the conservatory of music for Aviles from 1917.
Plaza De Espana
The historical centre of Aviles, surrounded by arcades , three main buildings are City hall, Ferrera Palace and Llano Ponte Palace, .Six streets join the Plaza.
Aviles - More sights to see.
There is a lot more to see in Aviles than I saw and I've regretted not having spent more time walking the streets here.
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