Catedral de Ávila
Cathedral in Ávila
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is a Catholic temple of worship in the Spanish city of Ávila , episcopal seat of the same name, in Castilla y León . It was designed as a temple and a fortress.
Construction was originally begun in the Romanesque style, but the project was subsequently taken over by the master architect Fruchel, who built one of the first Gothic cathedrals in Spain.
The cathedral sanctuary is integrated into the city wall, which formed part of the city’s defensive fortifications. It has two doors: the main door, flanked by two towers –one unfinished– which give it an appearance of a church-fortification, and the door of the Apostles at one side. It is laid out in the shape of a Latin cross. The choir and the cloister were added later in the 16th century. The main chapel has a magnificent altarpiece by Vasco de la Zarza and paintings by Berruguete and Juan de Borgoña. The stained-glass windows date from the 15th century. The ambulatory contains the culminating work of Vasco de la Zarza, the sepulchre of El Tostado, in alabaster.
It is surrounded by several stately homes or palaces, the most important being the Velada , the Rey Niño and the Valderrábanos , which were assigned the defense of La Puerta de los Leales or the Peso de la Harina.
Visiting Catedral de Ávila
10am-8pm Mon-Fri, to 9pm Sat, 11.45am-7.30pm Sun Apr-Jun, Sep & Oct, 10am-9pm Mon-Sat, 11.45am-9pm Sun Jul & Aug, 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 7pm Sat, to 5.30pm Sun Nov-Mar
incl audio guide €6, bell tower €2