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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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Parador De Avila $81
Parador De Avila

Parador De Avila

Marqués Canales de Chozas, 2, Avila
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 122 reviews
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    Located in the heart of Avila, this hotel is steps from Palacio de Polentinos, Walls of Avila, and Palace of Los Bracamonte. Capilla de Mosen Rubi and Avila City Hall are also within 5 minutes.

    Gran Hotel Palacio de Valderrábanos $60
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    Plaza De La Catedral, 9, Avila
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 72 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.

      Hotel Las Moradas $56
      Hotel Las Moradas

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      Alemania, 5, Avila
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 56 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.

        Hotel YIT Mirador de Santa Ana $40
        Hotel YIT Mirador de Santa Ana

        Hotel YIT Mirador de Santa Ana

        Paseo de la Estación nº2, Avila
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 50 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Avila, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Convento de San Jose, Church of San Pedro, and Palacio Los Serrano. Avila Provincial Museum and Church of Santo Tome El Viejo are also within 10 minutes.

          Hotel Palacio de los Velada $61
          Hotel Palacio de los Velada

          Hotel Palacio de los Velada

          Plaza de la Catedral, 10, Avila
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 208 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Avila, this hotel is steps from Avila Cathedral, Avila City Hall, and Palacio de Los Verdugo. Church of Santo Tome El Viejo and Avila Provincial Museum are also within 5 minutes.

            Hotel Sercotel Cuatro Postes $66
            Hotel Sercotel Cuatro Postes

            Hotel Sercotel Cuatro Postes

            Carretera de Salamanca, 23, Avila
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 113 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Avila, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Los Cuatro Postes, Palacio de Polentinos, and Convento de Santa Teresa. Tower of Los Guzmanes and Church of San Juan Bautista are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Hotel Palacio de Monjaraz $56
              Hotel Palacio de Monjaraz

              Hotel Palacio de Monjaraz

              Calle Bracamonte, 6, Avila
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 148 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 H2 Ávila $42
                Hotel H2 Ávila

                Hotel H2 Ávila

                Calle Cristo de las Murallas, 8, Avila
                   
                  3.8
                  of 5, from 223 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).