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Ávila Cathedral

Admire the intriguing features and adjoining city walls of this fortress-like church, considered one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in Spain.

The Ávila Cathedral is an impressive church showcasing architectural features of the Romanesque and Gothic traditions. Initially part of the city walls, the cathedral was planned as a fortress in the 11th or 12th century. Arrive in the spacious plaza in front of the cathedral and admire the intricate patterns in the façade.

Capture photos of the clock tower and consider how it makes the church seem lopsided in the absence of a twin that was never constructed. Enter through the enormous portal, above which intricate carvings are engraved. The nave inside the church is tall, with dramatic arches and columns.

The church’s interior seems to be split into two architectural movements. See how the Romanesque parts were built with red-and-white stone, while the Gothic additions were created in pure white stone. Embark on the audio tour for a comprehensive understanding of the site and its history.

Acclaimed architect Fruchel brought about the blend of styles, when he turned the Romanesque foundations into one of Spain’s earliest Gothic cathedrals. Appreciate the choir’s carved stalls and admire the two chapels of Renaissance style.

Among the highlights in the cathedral are the star-shaped cupola above the 13th-century sacristy and the treasury, with its medieval ecclesiastical sculptures and motifs. Marvel at the excellent altarpiece and the paintings by Pedro Berruguete and Juan de Borgoña in the main chapel. Parables are portrayed in the 15th-century stained-glass windows.

Note how the apse at the back of the church is built seamlessly into the city walls. This adds to the fortress feel of the majestic complex.

The church opens daily to the public from morning to early afternoon and again from late afternoon until evening. It closes a little earlier in winter. Pay a small fee to visit the church and get free entrance for kids.

The Ávila Cathedral is in the heart of the city’s historic center. Arrive at the Ávila railway station and walk west for about 15 minutes to reach the catheral. Make sure to see nearby sights, such as the Santa Teresa de Jesús Convent, the Walls of Ávila and Los Dávila Palace.


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Lodging Near Avila Cathedral

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$76
Hotel Las Moradas

Hotel Las Moradas

Alemania, 5, Avila
4.5
of 5, from 14 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Avila, this residence is steps from Avila Cathedral and Puerta del Alcazar. Avila City Hall and Convent of Nuestra Senora de Gracia are also within 5 minutes.

Hostal Restaurante Puerta del Alcázar

Hostal Restaurante Puerta del Alcázar

C/ San Segundo, 38, Avila
3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Avila, this hostal is steps from Church of Santo Tome El Viejo, Avila Provincial Museum, and Palacio Los Serrano. Avila Cathedral and Basilica de San Vicente are also within 5 minutes.

$62
Hotel Palacio de Monjaraz

Hotel Palacio de Monjaraz

Calle Bracamonte, 6, Avila
4.3
of 5, from 33 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Avila, this residence is steps from Palace of Los Bracamonte, Capilla de Mosen Rubi, and Avila City Hall. Palacio de Los Verdugo and Church of San Juan Bautista are also within 5 minutes.

Hotel Las Murallas

Hotel Las Murallas

C/ Ronda vieja s/n, Avila
4.1
of 5, from 14 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Avila, this hotel is steps from Basilica de San Vicente, Palacio de Los Verdugo, and Church of San Andres. Palace of Los Bracamonte and Capilla de Mosen Rubi are also within 5 minutes.

$48
Hotel H2 Ávila

Hotel H2 Ávila

Calle Cristo de las Murallas, 8, Avila
3.7
of 5, from 52 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Auditorio Municipal de San Francisco and Convento de San Jose. Church of San Andres and Avila Provincial Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$111
Parador De Avila

Parador De Avila

Marqués Canales de Chozas, 2, Avila
4.5
of 5, from 26 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Avila, this hotel is steps from Palacio de Polentinos and Palace of Los Bracamonte. Capilla de Mosen Rubi and Avila City Hall are also within 5 minutes.

$54
Gran Hotel Palacio de Valderrábanos

Gran Hotel Palacio de Valderrábanos

Plaza De La Catedral, 9, Avila
3.9
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Avila, this hotel is steps from Avila Cathedral, Puerta del Alcazar, and Avila City Hall. Church of Santo Tome El Viejo and Palace of Los Bracamonte are also within 5 minutes.

Gran Hostal San Juan

Gran Hostal San Juan

COMUNEROS DE CASTILLA N3,, AVILA
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Avila, this hostal is steps from Avila City Hall, Church of San Juan Bautista, and Palace of Los Bracamonte. Capilla de Mosen Rubi and Avila Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.