Ávila Cathedral

Ávila, Spain

The Cathedral of Ávila has Romanesque and Gothic architectural traditions. It was planned as a cathedral-fortress, its apse being one of the turrets of the city walls. It is surrounded by a number of houses or palaces.

It is not known exactly when the construction of the Cathedral began, there being two theories. One states that Alvar García started its construction in 1091 inside the remains of the Church of the Saviour, which was in ruins as a result of successive Muslim attacks, and that Alfonso VI of Castile raised the money necessary to build it. Other historians believe the Cathedral to be the work of the maestro Fruchel in the 12th century coinciding with the repopulation of Castille led by Raymond of Burgundy.

Of the 13th century are the first stages of the towers and aisles and of the 14th century the second stage of the towers, the cloister, the vaults and the flying buttresses. Already in the 15th century the cathedral was complete and in 1475 Juan Guas built the mechanical clock.

The Cathedral of Ávila is considered by its age (12th century), along with the Cathedral of Cuenca, as the first two Gothic cathedrals in Spain. It shows French influences and great resemblances to the Abbey Church of St Denis, the first European Gothic church.

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Founded: 1091
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Ed Hopkins (18 months ago)
Lovely cathedral but couldn't see the Blessed Sacrament anywhere.
AGUSTIN LOPEZ LEGARDA (18 months ago)
Marvelous building and you will be able to see gothic architecture
Adriano Farace (20 months ago)
I was several times in Avila, but I could not visit the Cathedral at any time. It is well located, in the center of the city. The price is good because the culture you will find is incredible. I advise you to visit the cathedral and take the time to enjoy it. It is worth it. I love Avila. Come and see!!!!! Best regard Adriano
StillVision Photography (20 months ago)
Stunning structure that forms part of the city wall defenses and was key to defending the whole town. €6 entry felt expensive compared to the €5 spent to walk the walls, but once inside, there is plenty to see: Lots of stunning carving/marble work from 15th century as well as random bits of art from all periods. Worth noting that on a winter's day, it was absolutely freezing inside!!!
Ximenez (21 months ago)
Excellent religious monument. A testament to the Roman church's ability to pilfer from the poor and fritter on fol-de-rol.
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