The walls of Avila

The walls of Avila are among the most interesting and iconic elements of not only Spain but all Europe as well. These walls represent important historical events and a period of time which was crucial for many countries of the continent when the Arabs and the Christians would fight each other for the control and domain over them.

The city of Avila was first invaded by the Arabs around the year 715, who kept their position and controlled the town until 1089 when the Christians fought them for it and won. Since then, these forces kept fighting over the control of this spot and many others, letting their mark on many antique Spanish towns.

The walls of Avila were built during the medieval times, in the XII century. These walls are of an extension of about 8,200 feet or 2,500 meters, with a height of about 12 meters and a thickness of 3 meters, and show 90 towers spread now and then along its entire extension. These walls were built surrounding the old town and in order to protect it from any invaders or fighters.

Most of the constructions of the old city of Avila were built between the XI and the XII centuries. The main construction built during those years in this old city was the Church. This church would attract a great amount of pilgrims who would go to it arriving from many different points of the country.

The main church or Cathedral of Avila is one of the most interesting constructions of the town and its surroundings. Santa Teresa of Jesus was born in this church, and it is said that she would have visions and paranormal experiences while being in it, which would be among the main reasons by which so many pilgrims would wish to go to this church.

Besides its walls, Avila also offers other peculiarities, such as for example the fact that it is the highest city in all Spain. This city is highly interesting and it was recognized part of the World Heritage for Humanity by the UNESCO in 1985 due to its characteristics and uniqueness.

Map of Avila in Spain