The great fortified walls that surround the medieval city of Ávila date back to the end of the 11th century, built to defend the town’s population against the threat of the Moorish armies. Stretching for 1.5 miles with over 80 towers and 9 gates, these stone walls have been incredibly well-preserved over the centuries, and are considered among the finest medieval walls in all Europe.
The 11th and 12th centuries were turbulent times in Spain, marked by an escalation in the war of attrition between the Almohad Islamic Caliphate of southern Spain and the northern Christian Kingdom of Asturias. Peace treaties were drawn and territories demarcated, but tensions between the two regional powers would inevitably heighten across the Iberian Peninsula and explode into violence.
|The Coining House||2020||58.1km||site_ao|
|Sirenas de Segovia||2020||58.3km||site_ao|
|Silla de Felipe II (Phillip II’s Chair)||2020||47km||site_ao|
|Cementerio del Cristo (Cemetery of Christ)||2019||63.6km||site_ao|
|The Selfie Devil||2019||58.5km||site_ao|
|Civil War Bunkers of Alto del León||2019||47.3km||site_ao|
|Móstoles Planets Garden||2019||78.1km||site_ao|
|Peñalara National Park||2019||64.7km||site_ao|
|Royal Library of San Lorenzo de El Escorial||2019||47km||site_ao|
|Manzanares el Real Castle||2018||70.9km||site_ao|
|The Ibex of La Pedriza||2018||70.9km||site_ao|
|Allegory of ‘The Tree of Life’||2018||58.1km||site_ao|
|Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches||1985||0.3km||site_whs|
|Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid||1984||48.9km||site_whs|
|Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct||1985||58.6km||site_whs|
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