Ávila, Spain, IN ONE DAY 12 July 2019 | Read what to do. HD

What to do and see in Ávila, Spain, in one day. Your quick guide to Ávila, Castilla y León, Spain.

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The city of Ávila is located in the centre of Spain, founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, this “City of Saints and Stones” has maintained its medieval austerity, and is the birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesús and burial place of the Grand Inquisitor, Torquemada. This purity of form can still be seen in Catedral de Ávila, the first Gothic cathedral in Spain, and fortifications that, with their 87 semi-circular towers and nine gates, is the most complete found in Spain.

Ávila was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985 as a legacy for future generations. The Old Town of Ávila, which includes the walled town of Ávila and four extra-muros Romanesque churches: San Segundo, San Andrés, San Vicente, and San Pedro. In 2007, another three Romanesque churches; San Nicolás, Santa María de la Cabeza and San Martín, and three convents from the 15th and 16th centuries; La Encarnación, San José and the Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás, were added to the inscribed property in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

What to do and see:
00:06 Plaza de Santa Teresa de Jesus
00:36 Puerta del Alcázar
00:46 Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol
00:51 Plaza de Santa Teresa de Jesus / Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol
01:08 Plaza Adolfo Suárez
01:10 Convento Nuestra Señora de la Gracia
01:12 Parroquia De Santiago Apóstol
01:14 Murallas de Ávila & Catedral de Ávila
01:16 Catedral de Ávila (01.16min – 02.14min)
01:18 Capilla Inmaculada Concepción de la Virgen Maria
01:19 Virgen de la Caridad
01:21 El Retablo del Altar Mayor
01:38 Capilla del Sagrado Corazón (Antigua Capilla de Los Velada)
01:40 Capilla de San Nicolás
01:42 Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Gracia
01:44 La Girola, El Trasaltar
01:46 Sacristía & Sala Capitular
02:02 El Museo, Capilla de Cardenal
02:03 El Museo, Sala de Cantorales
02:04 El Museo, Sala Capitular & Sala de la Pasión & El Trascoro
02:14 Murallas de Ávila & Catedral de Ávila
02:19 Basílica de San Vicente
02:24 Murallas de Ávila
02:56 Puerta de la Adaja
02:59 Milvus milvus
03:01 Ermita de San Esteban & Plaza San Esteban
03:03 Plaza Mercado Chico, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista
03:15 Casa Consistorial de Ávila
03:21 Iglesia de San Juan Bautista
03:27 Casa de diputacion provincial Ávila
03:29 Milvus milvus
03:31 Plaza del Corral de las Campanas, San Juan de la Cruz
03:33 Torreón de los Guzmanes
03:35 Palacio de Superunda
03:45 Plaza de la Santa & Iglesia de Santa Teresa de Jesús
03:47 Palacio de Blasco Núñez Vela
03:49 Casa Museo de Santa Teresa de Jesús
03:51 Palacio de Polentinos / Archivo Histórico Militar
04:08 Palacio de Don Juan de Henao / Palacio de los Benavites
04:10 Palacio de los Verdugo
04:12 Sofraga Palacio
04:13 Hotel Palacio de Los Velada
04:15 Plaza de la Catedral & Restaurante El Torreón
04:17 Hotel Palacio Valderrábanos
04:19 Plaza Adolfo Suárez
04:32 Monumento a Santa Teresa de Jesús
04:34 Iglesia de Santo Tomé el Viejo (Museo)

Following the Reconquest of Toledo in 1085 by Alfonso VI, a policy of repopulation was undertaken to shore up the Kingdom of Castile, which was still vulnerable. The rise of Segovia, Ávila, and Salamanca during the Middle Ages stemmed from this strategic plan. Ávila alone has kept its surrounding walls, which in part date back to 1090, while the greater part appear to have been rebuilt during the 12th century. The intra-muros town and the walls that surround it, as well as the other component parts, show the magnificence of the medieval city, reflected in the Romanesque style of the churches, and expressing the Golden Age of Ávila in the architecture of convents and monasteries.

Santa Teresa de Jesús, also called Saint Teresa of Ávila, original name Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, was born on March 28, 1515, in Ávila and died on October 4, 1582, in Alba de Tormes. Santa Teresa de Jesús was canonized in 1622, being one of the great mystics and religious women of the Roman Catholic Church, and author of spiritual classics. She was the originator of the Carmelite Reform and elevated to doctor of the church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI, the first woman to be so honoured.

Muralla de Ávila: http://muralladeavila.com/es/
Catedral de Ávila – the first Gothic cathedral in Spain: http://catedralavila.es/

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