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Avila

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Avila — the capital of the province of the same name in the autonomous region of Castile and Leon. Avila is located in 112km from the capital city of Spain at an altitude of 1128m above sea level.

AvilaAttractions of Avila:

  • The main attraction of Avila is a two-kilometer, almost impregnable fortress wall with 86 towers and two and a half thousand niches for guards and archers, built of gray granite boulders.
  • Cathedral (XII-XVI centuries) is part of the east line of defense. In which combines elements of Romanesque architecture, Gothic and Renaissance.
  • Avila is inseparably linked with the name of St. Teresa (Santa Teresa). Saint Teresa was born into a noble family in 1515g (1515, 1582) and a child was experiencing religious visions. Exactly 27 years Teresa has lived in the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation of Christ (Monasterio de la Encarnacion). It was made famous by the mystical perception of Christ, which is described in his autobiography. The Monastery of St. Teresa (Convento de Santa Teresa) built on the site of her parents' house, near the southern gate of the old city.
  • Dominican Monastery (El Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas) was founded in 1482g and was expanded Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Isabella, becoming their summer palace. The church houses the tomb of the only son of Ferdinand and Isabella - Prince Juan, whose early death opened the way to the throne of Charles V. In the sacristy of the monastery buried the first Grand Inquisitor of Spain, Tomas de Torquemada.
  • Not far from Avila is one of the most ancient sites in Spain - "Bulls Guisando", which is a 4 stone giant by Iberians in the Iron Age.
  • In the south of the province is the Natural Park of Gredos, which retained the natural mountain landscape and created the conditions for residence of numerous species of animals and birds.

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