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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Doolan Associates (4 months ago)
Awe inspiring place to visit, especially as it is in the walled town and surrounded by numerous other religious sites. Great to just sit and view whether during the day or lit up at night!
Kiran Oddiraju (5 months ago)
Didn’t get a chance to go inside but such a lovely place from outside
Ricardo Sandez (6 months ago)
5€ entrance fee. God's temple should be free for everyone.
The K Green Show (9 months ago)
Amazing cathedral in Avila Spain. Lots of history and the architecture is great to admire! You can walk the entire building including down below to see other worship areas.
Luis Bonet (2 years ago)
The cathedral itself is relatively well preserved and has a plethora of different history inside. From a beauty standpoint, it isn't one of the pretty ones. It took them 400 years to build and there were stylistic changes throughout that can be seen. At times, they just clash. However, the visit itself is super refreshing. As opposed to most cathedrals where you get to see the inside and take a few pictures, here, you get to walk the entire complex and see the art it holds and a bunch of history. A QR audio guide is also a great companion. 5€ entrance fee.
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