Catedral del Salvador
Puerta de Los Leales
This old city gate is where you can access a 1300m stretch of Ávila's walls .
Palacio Los Serrano
A cultural centre, this daringly renovated space is also used for contemporary art exhibitions.
Iglesia de Santo Tomé El Viejo
This church dates from the 13th century, and it was from this pulpit that Santa Teresa was castigated most vehemently for her reforms....
La Bodeguita de San Segundo
Situated in the 16th-century Casa de la Misericordia, this superb wine bar is standing-room only most nights, though more tranquil in...
Hostería Las Cancelas
This courtyard restaurant occupies a delightful interior patio dating back to the 15th century. Renowned for being a mainstay of Ávila...
Plaza de la Catedral · interesting places nearby
Catedral del Salvador information
Ávila's 12th-century cathedral is both a house of worship and an ingenious fortress: its stout granite apse forms the central bulwark in the historic city walls. The sombre, Gothic-style facade conceals a magnificent interior with an exquisite early-16th-century altar frieze showing the life of Jesus, plus Renaissance-era carved choir stalls and a museum with an El Greco painting and a splendid silver monstrance by Juan de Arfe. (Push the buttons to illuminate the altar and the choir stalls.)
The cathedral was the first Gothic church in Spain; the famous altar frieze of 24 paintings was completed by Juan de Borgoña in 1515, the year of Santa Teresa's birth. Above, the stunning ochre-stained limestone columns and cantilevered ceilings in the side aisles produce an effect unlike any other cathedral in the country.