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Ávila – a load of walls.

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Tuesday 9 July 2019

As mentioned in a previous post, before my blog stopped working for a few days, I left Madrid for Ávila. This is Ávila in the evening sun.

It’s a load of walls.

Started in 1090, the 2.5 kilometre walls circle the town

and you can walk atop half of them,

though the circuit is broken by the some buildings, including the cathedral, which also served as a fortress.

Orson Welles filmed scenes of his 1965 film about Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight, in the town.

He once named Ávila as the place in which he would most desire to live, calling it a “strange, tragic place”.

It has also been described it as “perhaps the most 16th-century town in Spain”.

The walls are lit at night. It is the largest fully illuminated monument in the world (it says here).

Ávila also claims that it is one of the towns with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain.

Great if you like churches. The streets are littered with religious statues, and its own saint features strongly.

Ávila is a remarkable place, rich in history, a one-off.

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