Inside Avila Cathedral – The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain

Catedral de Avila, or Avila Cathedral, is Spain’s first Gothic cathedral. Going inside was the first thing I did when I arrived in this city known for its ancient fortress. Instead of joining a tour, I opted to do it alone because, as you can guess, I abhor being rushed. And besides, a lot of the Spanish descriptions of objects and icons aren’t really that hard to understand. I survived my limited Spanish without any difficulties. 🙂

Avila Cathedral has a long name – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of Avila. 

Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

It is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
This is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

As soon as you enter the cathedral, you’ll notice the transition of its architectural style – from Romanesque to Gothic.

Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

You’ll marvel at these lofty columns and impressive arches that all point to the spacious sky.

Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
This is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

Catedral de Avila isn’t just a cathedral but also a fortress. Its apse is directly attached to the fortress that served to protect the walled city from Moorish invaders.

The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

Avila Cathedral is also surrounded by palaces and mansions, which were grand at that time. But today, they’re used as offices and a hotel.

Inside Cathedral de Avila (Avila Cathedral) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
This is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

The Choir is a Renaissance piece of work that blows your mind away. They are ancient and yet still look polished and new.

The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
This is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

The Trascoro has carved figures depicting Biblical scenes: The Presentation in the Temple, The Adoration of the Kings, and the Slaughter of the Innocents.

The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
The Trascoro inside Cathedral de Avila.

The main altar’s paintings are wonderful works of Juan de Borgona and Berruguete. You’ll find the faces of the four gospel authors: St. Mark, St. Luke, St. Matthew, and St. John.

Inside Cathedral de Avila (Avila Cathedral) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
This is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

Small chapels littered on both sides of the cathedral.

The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
Inside Cathedral de Avila is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

There are icons and carved figures everywhere, from the doors to the walls and to the columns.

Inside Cathedral de Avila (Avila Cathedral) is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
This is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

This is the Sepulchre of Alonso de Madrigal, a bishop of Avila. It’s made of fine alabaster.

The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
Inside Cathedral de Avila is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

And don’t forget to visit the museum, too.

Inside Cathedral de Avila is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
This is the First Gothic Cathedral in Spain.

How to get to Avila

Getting there is complicated if you only have a day to spare. So, I gave up on getting there by public transport. Instead, I joined a one-day tour that also goes to Segovia and Toledo. It’s a one-day tour from Madrid. See the thumbnails below for options.

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