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November 2017

Avila another charming UNESCO town famous for medieval wall

Incredible sight at night to see the walls illuminated; popular pilgrimage destination

Incredible sight at night to see the walls illuminated; popular pilgrimage destination

Austere cathedral had good audioguide; even the walk along the walls had an audioguide

Austere cathedral had good audioguide; even the walk along the walls had an audioguide

The walls measure 2500 meters, have 88 watchtowers, 8 monumental gates and 2500  turrets

The walls measure 2500 meters, have 88 watchtowers, 8 monumental gates and 2500+ turrets

11th century Basilica of San Vicente lies just outside the walls

11th century Basilica of San Vicente lies just outside the walls

Puerto de Alcazar gate; walls built in 12th century form an irregular rectangle around the town

Puerto de Alcazar gate; walls built in 12th century form an irregular rectangle around the town

16th century Renaissance Tower of the Guzmanes; most tourists just here on day trips

16th century Renaissance Tower of the Guzmanes; most tourists just here on day trips

You can walk atop the wall for about 2/3 of its distance; great perspective on incredible achievement

You can walk atop the wall for about 2/3 of its distance; great perspective on incredible achievement

1636 Convent of Santa Teresa; city population only 56,000

1636 Convent of Santa Teresa; city population only 56,000

Convent of St. Teresa was built after her canonization over the house where she was born

Convent of St. Teresa was built after her canonization over the house where she was born

The main square in town was always very quiet; inside old town, fortunately, is not overly touristy

The main square in town was always very quiet; inside old town, fortunately, is not overly touristy

The cathedral was actually built into the city walls so it was part of the defense system

The cathedral was actually built into the city walls so it was part of the defense system

Avila is the highest provincial capital in Spain at 3100 ft above sea level

Avila is the highest provincial capital in Spain at 3100 ft above sea level

12th century cathedral was huge and somber with the cold, gray granite

12th century cathedral was huge and somber with the cold, gray granite

Much of the significance of Avila was lost on this non-Catholic but it's still a very pretty town

Much of the significance of Avila was lost on this non-Catholic but it's still a very pretty town

Much of the cathedral interior is from the early 16th century

Much of the cathedral interior is from the early 16th century

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