Basílica de San Vicente

sights / Religious

Basílica de San Vicente information

Location
Ávila , Spain
Address
Plaza de San Vicente
Prices
admission €2
Opening hours
10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat, 4-6pm Sun
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This graceful church is a masterpiece of Romanesque simplicity: a series of largely Gothic modifications in sober granite contrasted with the warm sandstone of the Romanesque original. Work started in the 11th century, supposedly on the site where three martyrs – San Vicente and his sisters – were slaughtered by the Romans in the early 4th century. Their canopied cenotaph is an outstanding piece of Romanesque style with nods to the Gothic.

Take a look at the weathered headstones on the floor of the main nave, some date back to the 17th century. Also of note is the peaceful Jardín de San Vicente across the road which was once a Roman cemetery.