Walls of Ávila
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The work was started in 1090 by Raymond of Burgundy. Most of the walls appear to have been rebuilt in the 12th century. The enclosed area is a rectangle of 31 hectares (77 acres) with a perimeter of some 2,516 metres (8,255 ft), including 90 semicircular crenellated towers. The walls have an average width of 3 metres (9.8 ft). They have an average height of 12 metres (39 ft). The wall has nine fortified gates. The Puerta de San Vicente (Gate of St Vincent) and Puerta del Alcazar (Gate of the Fortress) are flanked by twin towers, 20 metres (66 ft) high, linked by a semicircular arch. The apse of the cathedral also forms one of the towers. The fortifications are the most complete in Spain.
It is possible to walk on the walls for about half their circumference. Some of the walls will never be able to be walked on because they are connected to other buildings. There is a large section of the walls that have not been made safe for people.
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References[change | change source]
- International Dictionary of Historic Places: Southern Europe, Vol. 3 Southern Europe, eds. Trudy Ring; Robert M. Salkin; Sharon La Boda (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1995), p. 69
- Brad Olsen, Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations (San Francisco, CA: Consortium of Collective Consciousness, 2007), p. 280
- Database of protected buildings (movable and non-movable) of the Ministry of Culture of Spain. (in Spanish)
- "Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches", UNESCO. Retrieved 15 April 2012
- "Lista de 100 finalistas de Nuestros 12 Tesoros de España". Sobreturismo.es. Retrieved 2014-10-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Sources[change | change source]
- The information in this article is based on that in its Spanish equivalent.