Almots three kilometers long, the walls of Avila come from the 12th century, built with the remains of ancient Roman constructions. They are surrounded by a road, allowing you to circle it and stop here and there for a closer look or photo.
Some segmets of the walls are part of palaces or churches, however, the most impressive image is the overall look, from a reasonable distance.
Entering the walls is mandatory to visit the historic city, but the real sensation of power and strength given by the wall is only obtained from the external road, that encloses the old city.
Either if you stay or just passing by, that road is a must.
Yes. Don't stand only in photographing the walls.
Go inside, see the site, the cathedral, St Vincent and st Thomas churches, the palaces, and finally go to Sta Teresa's convent to find that, talking about "Avila de los Caballeros" or "Avila de Sta Teresa", you are talking about the same town - Avila, for me.
>>The Basilica de San Vicente stands on the traditional site of the martyrdom of St. Vincent at the hands of the Romans.
>>According to legend, a rich Jew laughed at the saint's execution, but afterwards he was nearly suffocated by a serpent that emerged miraculously from the rocks. He repented, converted, and built a church on the site.
>>The Basilica de San Vicente that stands today dates from the 12th century and is mostly Romanesque in style.
Of the many churches we visited in Spain, this was one of very few that permitted photos of its interior -- though flash was prohibited.
The walls of Avila do have an outline of 2,4 km's. By that it is the longest medieval town wall in Europe. It is almost incredible to understand that this thick and mighty wall has been build between 1088 and 1091.
It is possible to make wall walks on the Avila walls having a nice views of the narrow streets of the old city and the surrounding area. There are three points to start these walks:
- Casa de las Carnicerías (nearby the Cathedral)
- Puerta del Alcázar
- Arco del Carmen.
By far the most spectacular view on the wall you will have from a look-out called ‘Los Cuatro Postes’ on the west side of the town.
This entrance gate is on the side that the rock that the walled city is built on drops away so you have to go up a hill to get up it but there is a great view across the wide plains below from there.
Theres not a lot of parking - there are parking spots along one side of the road that brings you up to the gate but most parking is down below.
From this gate you can head into the old town of Avila within these city walls.
A km or so up the road up a hill that takes you above the city is a park area with platform and car parking for good views over the entire walled city of Avila - and despite next to a busy main road its a nice spot to just relax and enjoy the views or have a walk around.
You get a good idea too of how well placed this fortified city is up on its rock.
avila's beautiful cathedral was built in the 12th century. this cathedral incorporated elements of both romanesque and gothic architecture. the interior of the cathedral is a must see site when in avila.
st. teresa of jesus was born teresa de cepeda y ahumada in 1515. she ia one of the catholic church's greatest mystics and reformers. she founded her first convent in 1562 and traveled around spain with her disciple , st. john of the cross. she founded a number of convents of the order of the barefoot carmelites.
the main attraction of avila are it's massive medieval walls built in the 11th century. these walls are considered the best preserved in europe. the wall is punctuated by eighty eight fortified towers. the wall is open to the public.
The joint patron saint of Spain (with Santiago), Teresa is a bit of an icon in Avila.
This chapel is beautiful, don't miss the awesome side chapel half hidden behind the altar! This house of god is all that the Cathedral isn't - quiet, dignified, holy.
Basilica of the saints Vicente, Sabina and Cristeta. The building is from 12th-14th century.
An interresting note is that this is a Basilica Juradero, which means that here before a trial the accused did swear to speak the truth ...
The Basilica is located near the city wall and has been of a strategic importance.
Just as a orientation. I have no extra information on this church, yet. But the tower looks nice.
Seen from inside the wall.
In the background you can see the more modern part of Ávila, as all expansion is done outside the medieval wall.
The convent is constructed on the place where the house was standing where Teresa of Ávila was born.
From the nave on the left side you can visit a small sanctuary constructed over the room where she was born.
In the basement of the convent there is a new museum dedicated to Santa Teresa.
Avila is the only town in the world still completely surrounded by a Medieval wall. You can go up into the wall and walk along it, and get into the castle towers. It's very beautiful, and the view from up there is great!