Fabrizio Fiorenzano
Fabrizio Fiorenzano

Avila Spain

Within the perfectly preserved walls of Avila, visitors are transported to another world. Or rather in another time. In fact, the ancient ramparts preserve masterpieces of the past – Romanesque churches, medieval convents and Renaissance palaces – in a context where it is always exciting to walk aimlessly. For this reason, for the extraordinary wealth of monuments and the particular atmosphere, Avila in Spain is one of the most fascinating cities in the country and one of those listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The ancient walls, which still enclose the heart of the old city, are the best preserved in Spain. After the Christian reconquest of Avila, the ramparts became an important defense line to keep the Moors out.

Even today, it is enough to stand in front of the walls of Avila to understand that those imposing structures had an absolutely military function. They are twelve meters high on average and every twenty meters a crenellated tower rises from where the fighters could defend themselves in a safer and more protected way. There are also nine fortified entrance gates and the most spectacular are the Puerta de San Vicente and the Puerta del Alcázar for the construction of which stones from ancient Roman artifacts were also used.

And the journey through history becomes even more exciting. Between these two doors is the apse of the cathedral which, strange to say, was part of the defense lines of the city. Next to the Puerta del Carmen, on the north side of the city, there is a thinner tower that is worth seeing because it has now become the nesting area for storks. From here starts a walking path that allows you to discover the beauty of the city.

Words by: Travelfar

Photos by Fabrizio Fiorenzano

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