I wasn’t able to go inside the Basilica de San Vicente in Avila because our tour guide was already rounding us up to the bus. Well, it wasn’t really his fault but mine. I spent so much time inside the city, especially walking on the Muralla de Avila. But, the girl who sat beside me on the bus said that she was impressed with what she saw inside. She was really raving about it, especially the history that goes with it.
The basilica stands on the site where three brothers – Vincent, Sabina and Cristeta were martyred. The Romans executed them because they refused to sign a document to recognize they offered rituals to the Roman gods.
And during their execution, a Jew laughed at them. Afterwards, a snake suddenly appeared from the rock that nearly smothered the rich Jew. He repented and decided to build the church where St. Vincent’s martyrdom happened.
Most people who visit Avila from Madrid takes a tour bus that combines sightseeing with Salamanca. Both cities are an hour apart from each other by bus/car.
The train from Chamartin in Madrid leaves for Avila after 9 in the evening. It’s not really a convenient time so taking a tour bus would be a good choice. You can book your Avila and Salamanca Tour here.