Catedral de Avila or Avila Cathedral is the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. 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 to be rushed. And besides, a lot of the Spanish descriptions on objects and icons aren’t really that hard to understand. I survived with my limited Spanish without any difficulties. 🙂
It is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
As soon as you enter the cathedral, you’ll notice the transition of its architectural style – from Romanesque to Gothic.
You’ll marvel at these lofty columns and impressive arches that all point to the spacious sky.
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 Choir is a Renaissance piece of work that blows your mind away. They’re so ancient yet still look polished and new.
The Trascoro has carved figures that depict scenes from the Bible: The Presentation in the Temple, The Adoration of the Kings and the Slaughter of the Innocents.
The main altar’s paintings are wonderful works of Juan de Borgona and Berruguete. You’ll find the faces of the 4 gospel authors: St. Mark, St. Luke, St. Matthew and St. John.
Small chapels littered on both sides of the cathedral.
There are icons and carved figures everywhere, from the doors to the walls and to the columns.
This is the Sepulchre of Alonso de Madrigal, a bishop of Avila. It’s made of fine alabaster.
And don’t forget to visit the museum, too.