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  • 1 Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Granada 1 E - 05003 Ávila

    This Dominican monastery founded in the late 15C was the summer residence of the Catholic Monarchs and also the University. Its church (a single aisle and two galleries) houses the fine alabaster mausoleum of Prince Juan by Domenico Fancelli (1512). ..

  • 2 Town walls Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 05001 Ávila

    Ávila's high walls (murallas) punctuated by 88 towers, nine gateways and various posterns, enclose a quadrilateral area of around 900m by 450m. An invaluable testimony to fortifications in the Middle Ages, they date from the 11C and have retained a u..

  • 3 Ávila cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de la Catedral E - 05001 Ávila

    Built in the second half of the 12C, Ávila cathedral is a good example of religious and military architecture (it is part of the town's fortifications). Its austere exterior contrasts with the fine interior, which boasts colourful sandstone in the ch..

  • 4 Basílica de San Vicente Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza S. Vicente 1 E - 05001 Ávila

    This large basilica stands on the alleged site of the 4C martyrdom of St Vincent and his sisters. It is Romanesque in style, although its pointed vaulting bears witness to the face that construction lasted from the 12C to the 14C. The west door with ..

  • 5 St Peter's Church

    Religious buildings

    Plaza Santa Teresa E - 05003 Ávila

    The fine Romanesque church stands outside the city walls on the vast Plaza Santa Teresa. It shows early Gothic influence mainly in its pointed arches and the delicate rose window on the façade. A lantern lights the transept.

  • 6 Polentinos Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    calle Vallespín E - 05001 Ávila

    The palace, now a barracks, has a finely decorated Renaissance entrance and patio.

  • 7 Núñez Vela Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza Santa Ana 2 E - 05001 Ávila

    Now the Law Courts, the former residence of the viceroy of Peru is a Renaissance palace with windows framed by slender columns surmounted by coats of arms. There is a beautiful inner patio.

  • 8 Los Verdugos Palace (Arco de San Vicente Hotel)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza López Núñez 6 E - 05001 Ávila

    The palace façade is flanked by two stout square towers. Its overall appearance is softened by the Gothic-Renaissance entrance and window emblazoned with the family crest.

  • 9 Los Dávila Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza Pedro Dávila E - 05001 Ávila

    The palace consists of four seigneurial mansions: two 14C Gothic buildings embellished with coats of arms give onto Plaza Pedro Dávila, and two others, belonging to the Bishops' Palace, give onto Plaza de Rastro.

  • 10 Guzmán Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza General Mola E - 05001 Ávila

    Also known as Palacio de Oñate, the palace is distinguished by a massive square corner tower, complete with battlements, dating from the early 16C.

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