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Inside Avila Cathedral – The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain

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. 🙂

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.

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.

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.

Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The Trascoro has carved figures that depict scenes from the Bible: The Presentation in the TempleThe Adoration of the Kings and the Slaughter of the Innocents.

Inside Avila Cathedral (Cathedral de Avila) is 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 4 gospel authors: St. Mark, St. Luke, St. Matthew and St. John.

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

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

Small chapels littered on both sides of the cathedral.

Inside Cathedral de Avila is 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.

Inside Cathedral de Avila 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.

Inside Cathedral de Avila is 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.

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

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