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Cathedral of Avila

Plaza de la Catedral, Avila, Spain
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Ranked #4 of 28 attractions in Avila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

I didn't have much time to look around the cathedral as I was awaiting a taxi to take us to Madrid Airport but from what i saw it was well worth a visit. Lovely interior. Walls very decorative and seemed to light up in an orange hue. reasonable admission price as well

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Granada, Spain
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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

In layout the cathedral was more like a monastery, with the church built into the city wall on one side of the cloister. Further rooms leading off the cloister house artefacts, vestments and manuscripts. The cathedral is not the most impressive but the red stonework contrasted with the white stonework reflecting the different ages in its development. No photography or... More

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Northland
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41 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The cathedral was built into the wall of the city in the 12C giving an interesting appearance from the outside. The museum has all sorts of old manuscripts and vestments used over the centuries.

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Ericeira, Portugal
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

A different type of catedral, more like a fortress from the outside. Inside the red stone, (due to the presence of iron in it), makes the look quite interesting. One thing in particular, its not allowed to use vídeo or photografic cameras, but everyone does, no one cares.

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Birmingham
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29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

From the outside this looks like a fortress (which is what it was). Inside, however, it is beautiful and spacious with unusual stone, lovely complicated arches, and a slit to look into the recently discovered secret passageway. It costs €4 to get in, and theoretically you are not allowed to take photographs, but everybody was snapping away without anybody taking... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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203 reviews 203 reviews
86 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This isn't the most exciting cathedral you could ever see. Not as dull as Valladolid to be fair, but just not up there with the best of them. The most interesting part is the peculiar blood red stone, which is in half the cathedral. However, with the other half still being in white stone, you get this odd effect of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Not the most impressive cathedral from the outside. Although where it is positioned within the walled city is a very interesting area. Well worth a visit.

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London
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is obviously a key place to visit. I recommend you take the time to really feel the energy of Avila and the cathedral. There is deep spirituality here since pre-christian times. Enjoy!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The Cathedral itself is great but it's a shame that in Spain they charge you to get into a place of worship. They are treating this as a tourist attraction by imposing a fee but they won't let you take pictures!

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Genoa, Italy
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Another jewel to be visited in Avila. The admission price of 4€ seemed a bit high but the place was totally worth it.

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