Basilica de San Vicente
Basilica de San Vicente
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Patty B
Nashville, TN1,439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We were a bit jaded from seeing so many cathedrals and churches in Toledo and Barcelona. Also paying multiple admissions, although not expensive was becoming tiresome. Our guide suggested we see this so we did, The different styles of architecture were very interesting. The inside was quite impressive and beautiful. We were glad we went.
Written July 15, 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited Avila on a day trip from Madrid during a visit this past spring. Our guide took us to the Basilica de San Vincente at the end of our tour of Avila. It is very impressive on the interior of the basilica. The gold plated altar is beautiful and the carvings on the martyrs’s tomb is very colorful. The Basilica is not to be missed when visiting Avila.
Written December 18, 2023
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Visited the Basilica on a short visit to Avila. It is closed for lunch between 13 30 and 16. We had to wait a little past 16 until someone opened the door. Entrance costs 3 euro regular price and 2.20 for students. You can see everything quickly. There is an audio guide QR code for phones. There is also a subterranean chapel.
Written March 23, 2022
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
In my opinion, the better of the two major churches - this one has a better story, the cathedral has more ornate art and is more important to the church. This is a shorter visit though. Right outside the walls.

Basically it's a temple to 3 legendary martyr brothers. That history is suspect, but it was enough to convince folks to build a Christian church here after the reconquista.

It's a few euros, comes with an audio guide.
Written May 28, 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
This was my favourite church in Avila and considering how beautiful the likes of St Teresa's and the cathedral are, that is really saying something.
It is situated just outside the city walls and pretty much above the tourist office which is down the steps beside it.
It is a stunning Romanesque Basilica and well worth going into. I loved the brightly coloured granite facade with all the elegant columns and arches.
It costs only €2.30 to go in and you get a very detailed audio guide to help you around. Stunningly intricate inside with amazing iconography and artwork. I wished I had more time there to be honest as I visited it last after spending a whole morning inside the city walls.
An absolute must see in my opinion.
Written February 15, 2018
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madamedefarge
Derby, UK569 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
In many ways, this is one of my favourite churches from our many trips to Spain. The stonework over the main southern doorway is amazing, with plenty of detail and worth many photos. There is a fine cloistered area along the side of the church and this too is full of beautiful stonework. Inside, there is a fine tomb, with excellent carvings representing the life of Christ and scenes from the martyrdom of St Vincent. They're worth looking at more closely just to see some rather touching little scenes. Marvellous polychromatic carving. No idea how much, if at all, they've been restored, but they look great.

There is a small admission charge, although we weren't given any information in English. Having said that, the Spanish leaflet was useful and we could work out what was interesting just by looking! Well worth a visit - and rather better than the cathedral.
Written February 3, 2014
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SydneyPaul
Sydney, Australia219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
It would be a shame to visit Avila and not go look at the Basilica de San Vincente. It is a stunning example of Castillian romanesque and early gothic. There is an entry fee but you are free to take non-flash photos inside. There is also a handy guide pamphlet in English that points out the main features as well as some of the history. Remember it is a "working" Church and still very much used as a place of Catholic worship. There is a very impressive statue of the Sacred Heart showing a very virile looking Jesus - not sure how old but compared to what I have been used to with this type of image, this one was very good. Don't forget to look at the crypt where there is a Romanesque statue of the Mother of God and the Infant Jesus.
Written January 17, 2013
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j l
New York City, NY2,140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
It's a beautiful Gothic style church. This is a nice church with lots of local history. It tells how Christianity was spread here.
Written January 7, 2017
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scdaub
Philadelphia, PA131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
We saw the Basilica first from our walk on the walls, and from that height it is very inspiring. It is orange-ish in color, and has a unique style---others have written about the architecture so I won't. It has a magnificent altar but the high point of the interior is probably the sepulchre of three martyrs. The carvings tell the story of the martyrdom but if you don't look too closely (a big gruesome at one point, some anti-semitism) it is a beautiful work of art.
Written February 23, 2014
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Jack H
Greenville, SC2,227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Solo
A church built outside the famous walls of Avila, San Vicente is a Medieval basilica, begun in the Romanesque style (which is apparent when viewing its exterior), and completed in the Gothic style. I have been told (by my tour guide) that this church was the first Gothic built in Spain. San Vicente and his two sisters were martyred back in the days of the Roman Empire, and the story of their martyrdom is told rather nicely in bas-relief sculptures at the crypt.

If you are racing through the city, I'd visit this basilica rather than the Convent of St Teresa as it is architecturally a good bit more interesting. But take the time to see both!
Written October 14, 2013
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