Ávila cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
The cathedral owes its austere appearance to the part it plays in the town's fortifications. Its east end is none other than an advanced bastion in the ramparts. The severity is softened slightly by the Gothic decoration on the north doorway, and by the west front that was designed by the sculptor Juan Guas and remodelled in the 18C. The interior is a total contrast to the exterior with its high Gothic nave, its red and yellow sandstone and its many works of art. These include the trascoro - the wall behind the chancel - executed in an exuberant (Plateresque) style, the choir stalls and the two wrought-iron pulpits. The large altarpiece dating from 1500 is by the great Castilian master Pedro Berruguete and his pupil Juan de Borgoña. The tomb of Alonso de Madrigal known as El Tostado (The Swarthy), a theologian and Bishop of Ávila, was carved by Vasco de Zarza and is a remarkably delicate work. By going to the museum you will be able to see the 13C Sacristy with its eight-ribbed vault. Among the works on display are a head of Christ by the Mannerist painter Luis de Morales, a portrait by El Greco, and a wrought-iron monstrance made by Juan de Arfe in 1571. The recently restored Gothic cloisters are also worth a look.
- Address : Plaza de la Catedral E - 05001 Ávila05001Ávila
- Phone : 920211641
- Prices : 4 € (-10 years old free of charge)