Churches of Avila
Avila is an incredible concentration of churches and religious places, many of which are of incredible beauty. Both inside and outside the walls. A truly impressive number that makes a complete visit of all of them impossible.
Here are some of the Churches of Avila that you can admire during your vacation.
THE CHURCHES OF AVILA INSIDE THE WALLS
In addition to the suggestive Cathedral, an integral part of the Walls, the city boasts numerous churches inside the Walls, very fascinating.
IGLESIA Y CASA NATAL DE SANTA TERESA
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Avila is the birthplace of Saint Teresa of Avila, a Spanish mystic and religious woman born in 1514.
At Pl. La Santa 2, you can see the Saint Teresa de Jesús House Museum.
The Baroque facade is simple but rather beautiful. Inside, the room where the Saint was born has been converted into a chapel. Visitors can visit Museum, Church and Hall of Relics.
It is accessed from Puerta de Santa Teresa, southwest of the Cathedral.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00. Closed on Mondays.
CAPILLA DE MOSÉN RUBI DE BRACAMONTE
Beautiful sixteenth-century chapel, inside the walls, not far from the main square.
The interiors are richly decorated. Among the works, the Cristo de las Batallas stands out.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 4 to 6 pm
Sundays and holidays from 11 to 13.
Closed on the second Sunday of the month and closed on Mondays.
AVILA CHURCHES OUTSIDE THE WALLS
The churches outside the walls, together with the city walls, were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Here are some not to be missed.
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This splendid Basilica is located just outside the walls and the access gate of the same name. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Avila, built in the 11th century in Romanesque style with Gothic elements.
The exterior and the entrance portico and its interiors are really beautiful, with the funerary monument of 3 holy martyr brothers. Really impressive even at night. Not to be missed.
Admission for € 3 with audio guide included. The Basilica is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm. Sunday from 4pm to 6pm.
Bus lines 1, 2 and 4 stop near the Basilica.
The Real Monasterio de Saint Tomas is another sacred landmark of the city.
The Dominican Convent is located quite far from the historic center, in a fairly quiet area. It was once also used as a summer residence by the Spanish royalty. One of the 3 Cloisters (Claustro de los Reyes) is a clear reference.
The complex houses a Museum of Oriental Art and a Science Museum. Visits for a fee.
Open every day from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 15:30 to 19:30.
MONASTERY OF LA ENCARNACIÓN
Photo ©, Lawrence OP
It is located north of the Walls. A particularly important monastery in the life of Saint Teresa who lived here for 27 years. You can admire the room where the Saint had the vision of Jesus, a beautiful chapel, objects and relics.
The complex can be partially visited because some wings are off-limits to visitors.
Admission costs €2.
Open Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00.
SANTO TOMÉ EL VIEJO
Romanesque church from the 12th century, located in Pl. De Italia, just outside the walls, today an integral part of the Museo de Avila.
Passed to annals because from this pulpit Saint Teresa was pointed out with pride and vanity. The church is used as a museum. Admission is free.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00. Closed on Mondays.
Photo ©, Zarateman
Beautiful Romanesque style church dating back to the 11th century, the same period as the church of San Vicente. From the latter it is a few minutes’ walk away. For its EXCEPTIONAL UNIVERSAL VALUE (as indicated in the information table at the entrance) it was elected a national monument. Austere, essential and elegant, it is an extraordinary place of contemplation.
Not to be missed among the Churches of Avila outside the walls.
Another interesting Catholic church, built in the 16th century in honor of Santa Maria de Jesus. It is located at C. Cristo de la Luz 6, near the Jardin del Recreo and the Line 2 stop.