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    Plaza de Santa Teresa

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 1, 2015

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    Square of Saint Teresa is one of the central squares in historical center of Avila. It is situated between the church of Saint Peter and Alcazar gate. At the square you will find monument of Santa Teresa the most popular saint in this city. Here at this square you will find shops, pharmacy, sweet shop and even Burger King fast food restaurant.

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    Iglesia de San Pedro

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 31, 2015

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    Church of San Pedro or Saint Peter the Apostle is situated at Saint Teresa Square just opposite of the Alcazar Gate in the city wall. Construction of this church began in 1100 that’s why in spite of several reconstructions you still see Romanesque church. Church has Romanesque Main Western and Northern portals. Romanesque windows with columns still exist in the apse. Admission is free but tourist visits are not allowed during the mass. Unfortunately we were near the church during the mass and this is the reason why I cannot show you interiors.

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    Walls of Avila by night

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 31, 2015

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    Medieval defensive wall of Avila ere well illuminated during the night. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy that wonderful view. I hade my late night walk with my photo camera under heavy rain and even that didn’t prevent me to enjoy and take pictures. Medieval city walls were built over previous Roman ones that’s why they remind Roman ancient military architecture or fortification. Construction of the walls started in 1090 and was mostly accomplished by the end of XII century although totally it was completed only by XIV century. Full circuit of medieval walls, two thousand five hundred and sixteen meters long with all its eighty eight towers survived till nowadays. Only these walls mace a city of Avila worth of a visit but you should remember that there are a lot of places to visit and thing to do behind these walls.

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    Defensive walls of Avila

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 31, 2015

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    Medieval city walls were built over previous Roman ones that’s why they remind Roman ancient military architecture or fortification. Construction started in 1090 and was mostly accomplished by the end of XII century although totally it was completed only by XIV century. Full circuit of medieval walls, two thousand five hundred and sixteen meters long with all its eighty eight towers survived till nowadays. Only these walls mace a city of Avila worth of a visit but you should remember that there are a lot of places to visit and thing to do behind these walls.

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    Basilica de San Vicente

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 27, 2015

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    According to local legends at the year 307 A.D. when Christian were still yet persecuted in the Roman Empire in a concerted efforts to have them deny their faith, it the city of Evora, now is Talavera de la Reina, lived young and virtuous Christian Vicente. He was detained by Roman and requested abandon and deny his faith but he remained firm. Somehow he succeeded to escape and together with his sisters Sabina and Cristeta he fled to the North but they were captured and Avila. Romans chose a small rocky ridge near the city gates for the torture and execution of Vicente and his sisters. They were tortured on the rack and then their heads were squeezed and crushed between two stone slabs. Their bodies were left as the food for the animals. A legend says that a rich Jew who was present during the martyrdom, mocked at the suffering of three saints. Suddenly, the huge serpent appeared and wrapped itself around that poor Jew. As usually in such legends he repented, converted and went to build the first sepulcher at the spot of the martyrdom of three saints. In second part of XII century, according to the order of Raymond of Burgundy, over that sepulcher was built present basilica de San Vicente. Original sepulcher was replaced by new one survived till nowadays. At the panels of this sepulcher you can see commixes with full story of san Vicente, his saint sisters and Jew. Well, and converted Jew was buried in the southern wing of transept. You will be able to observe his grave.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Main Portal

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 27, 2015

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    Main portal of Basilica de San Vicente is Late Romanesque with elements of Early Gothic and this is typical for the end of XII, beginning of XIII centuries. Portal or portico is decorated with obvious purpose to teach and evangelizing flock through the art. The central is figure of our Lord Jesus Christ and he is surrounded by his Apostles. There are only ten Apostles instead twelve because this portal was never finished. Construction is not over till present day. Above you can see the scenes of resurrection of the dead with twenty six figures in a row. There is double tympanum over two doors. There you can see the famous story about Lazarus and rich man Epulon. At the left Lazarus is begging at the door of Epulon while he is seating at his table and on the right hand side you can see the death scene of both men. Epulon’s avarice condemns him to hell and Lazarus is taken to heaven by two angels. Two oxen over the Jesus symbolize absolute good.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Southern gallery and porta

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 26, 2015

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    Southern gallery of Basilica de San Vicente has beautiful colonnade built in XII century. At the gallery you are going to observe several sepulchers of XV-XVI centuries. Southern portal is the real masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. That portal decorated with tree Romanesque statues and two Early Gothic ones. Among the statues you can easily recognize Virgin Mary and Archangel Gabriel in the scene of Annunciation.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Interior

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 26, 2015

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    Interior of basilica of Saint Vincent was built in second part of XII century. Thus its interior is mostly Romanesque and partially early Gothic. You will able to observe many excellent Romanesque capitals of the columns. Although there are a lot of baroque decorative elements added in XVII and XVIII centuries. There are good gothic statues of Virgin Mary with Child, San Vicente, Santa Sabina and Santa Cristeta made in XV century.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Sepulcher of Martyrs, I

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 26, 2015

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    As anybody knows the sepulcher of Saint Martyrs San Vicente, Santa Sabina and Santa Cristeta is the main relic and even the reason of foundation and construction of Basilica de San Vicente. Original sepulcher was built yet in IV century by converted Jew but present one was built in XII century and is expressively Romanesque in style. The baldachin or canopy covering the sepulcher was added in XV century and it is Gothic. It bears the coat of arms belonged to donators. This sepulcher is invaluable sours of information on fashion, arms and armor of XII century Castile.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Sepulcher of Martyrs, II

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 26, 2015

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    Northern panel of the San Vicente, Santa Sabina and Santa Cristeta Sepulcher is decorated with bas-relief showing the scenes of their lives and martyrdom. From left to right we can see Saint Vincent forcibly taken before the Roman Official Dacian. In spite of threats Vincent refuses to offer homage to Roman god Jupiter. Firmness of his refusal and his faith leaves a mark on the stone. His sisters Sabina and Cristeta plead him at least to try to escape. Then you see the scenes where Dacian sends men at arms to arrest Vincent and his sisters. Roman warrior shown as man at arms of XII century kisses a hand of Dacian and second warrior extends the reins to first one. Then you see Vincent and his sisters mounted on horses, they are leaving Evora and heading to Avila. These panels are invaluable source on the XII century fashion and appearance of Castilian men at arms.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Sepulcher of Martyrs III

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    Southern panel of the San Vicente, Santa Sabina and Santa Cristeta Sepulcher is decorated with bas-relief showing the scenes of their lives and martyrdom. From left to right we can see how after arrest Saint Vincent and his sisters Saint Sabina and Saint Cristeta were stripped of their clothing and how they were tortured on the rack. Here you can see typical medieval torture, it causes unbearable pain but doesn’t maim a victim. All torture machines in modern museums were never existed and could kill quickly but not torture because they were invented by anticlerical activists in XIX century. Here you can see real torture on the rack. Modern fitness instructors can recommend you that torture instead stretching exercises. Then you can see how these Saint were martyred by crushing their heads in a press with assistance, as tradition goes in Medieval Europe, of a Jew. At the same time you can see how angels take the souls of the martyrs to heaven where they about to meet a hand of God the Father. Then you can see how Divine punishment befalls the Jew, a huge serpent wraps itself around him. He repented and asked for pardon. God pardoned him and in appreciation, the Jew built the sepulcher for Saints Vincent, Sabina and Cristeta. Here you can see him building the sepulcher.
    These panels are another invaluable sours on material culture of XII century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Sepulcher of Martyrs IV

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 25, 2015

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    West side of the San Vicente, Santa Sabina and Santa Cristeta sepulcher decorated with bas-relief of our Lord with Saint Luke and Saint Marc the Evangelists. Eastern side decorated with bas-relieves showing the scenes of Annunciations to Magi, Entourage of Magi and Adoration of Magi. All these bas-relieves are real masterpieces made in second half of XII century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Chancel

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 24, 2015

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    Chancel with High Altar and both side chapels preserved theirs Romanesque architecture of XII century. Unfortunately all present altars and statues were added in XVII and XVIII centuries and they are expressively baroque in style. Red and white bicolor ornaments of the walls and ceilings in the chancel are the imitation of bicolored chancel and ambulatory of Avila Cathedral.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Basilica de San Vicente/Crypt

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 24, 2015

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    When you finished your tour inside of basilica don’t forget that is has a crypt under the chancel. The entrance is situated in northern nave near chancel. In the crypt you are going to see luxurious baroque altarpiece and statues made in XVII century the good examples of baroque sacred art.
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    Forget to tell you, in the crypt you will find a statue of Virgin Mary with child known as Virgin of Soterrana. According to local legends it dates back to apostolic time, although any specialist can tell you it is typical for XII century. Anyway, according to legends it was buried underground to hide and save from Moorish invaders, that’s why it has the name Soterrana or hidden underground. King Ferdinand III and Saint Teresa had special devotion to this Virgin.
    Open from May to October: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    November to April: from10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00
    Masses, from Monday through Holydays at 19:30.
    On Sundays and Holy Days, at 10:30, 12:00, 13:00 and 19:00, except July and August. No tourist visits allowed during the masses.
    Admission is 2 Euros.

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    Strolling in the streets of Old Avila

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 20, 2015

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    Strolling in medieval Avila in historical part of the toy medieval city is wonderful and pleasant business. It was excellent place to explore even in December when in my country everything is covered by the snow. Spaniards even don’t know how lucky they are.

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