The magnificent Eriksberg Castle was built by statesman Erik Karlsson Gyllenstierna and completed after his death (1657) by his wife Beata von Yxkull. The castle was designed by famous architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. After possession of Gyllenstierna Eriksberg was left to decay, until it was restored in the 1800s by Carl Carlsson Bonde. Eriksberg is still privately owned by Bonde family, but the large park is open to the public. There are several form types, like Baroque and Italian park.References:
The city walls of Avila were built in the 11th century to protect the citizens from the Moors. They have been well maintained throughout the centuries and are now a major tourist attraction as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk around about half of the length of the walls.
The layout of the city is an even quadrilateral with a perimeter of 2,516 m. Its walls, which consist in part of stones already used in earlier constructions, have an average thickness of 3 m. Access to the city is afforded by nine gates of different periods; twin 20 m high towers, linked by a semi-circular arch, flank the oldest ones, Puerta de San Vicente and Puerta del Alcázar.