Ávila, Spain

Ávila
Ávila with its famous town walls
Ávila with its famous town walls
Flag of Ávila
Flag
Official seal of Ávila
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Ávila de los Caballeros, Ávila del Rey, Ávila de los Leales
Motto(s): 
Una ciudad para todos... (A town for everyone...)
Ávila is located in Spain
Ávila
Ávila
Coordinates: 40°39′N 4°41′W / 40°39′N 4°41′W / 40.650; -4.683
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameOld Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches
IncludesHermitage of San Segundo, Basilica of San Vicente, Church of San Andrés, Church of San Pedro, Church of San Nicolás, Church of Santa María de la Cabeza, Church of San Martín, Convent of La Encarnación, Convent of San José, Royal Monastery of Santo Tomás
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Inscription1985 (9th Session)
Area36.4 ha

Ávila (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈaβila]; Latin: Abula) is a Spanish town located in the autonomous community of Castile and León, and is the capital of the Province of Ávila.

It is sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints, and it claims that it is one of the towns with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain.[citation needed] It has complete and prominent medieval town walls, built in the Romanesque style. The town is also known as Ávila de los Caballeros, Ávila del Rey and Ávila de los Leales (Ávila of the Knights, the King and the Loyalists), each of these epithets being present in the town standard.

Orson Welles once named Ávila as the place in which he would most desire to live, calling it a "strange, tragic place",[1] while writer José Martínez Ruiz, in his book El alma castellana (The Castilian Soul), described it as "perhaps the most 16th-century town in Spain".

It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Geography

Situated 1132 metres (3714 feet) above sea level on a rocky outcrop on the right bank of the Adaja river, a tributary of the Duero, Ávila is the highest provincial capital in Spain. It is built on the flat summit of a rocky hill, which rises abruptly in the midst of a veritable wilderness; a brown, arid, treeless table-land, strewn with immense grey boulders, and shut in by lofty mountains.[2]

Other Languages
العربية: آبلة
aragonés: Ávila
asturianu: Ávila
تۆرکجه: آبیلا
беларуская: Авіла
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Авіля
български: Авила
català: Àvila
čeština: Ávila
Cymraeg: Ávila
dansk: Ávila
Deutsch: Ávila
eesti: Ávila
Ελληνικά: Άβιλα
español: Ávila
Esperanto: Avilo
estremeñu: Ávila
euskara: Ávila
فارسی: آبیلا
français: Ávila
Gaeilge: Ávila
Gàidhlig: Ávila
galego: Ávila
한국어: 아빌라
հայերեն: Ավիլա
hrvatski: Ávila (grad)
Ido: Ávila
Bahasa Indonesia: Ávila
interlingua: Ávila
italiano: Avila
עברית: אווילה
Kapampangan: Ávila
Latina: Abula
latviešu: Avila
lietuvių: Avila
magyar: Ávila
македонски: Авила
მარგალური: ავილა (ესპანეთი)
مصرى: اڤيلا
Bahasa Melayu: Ávila, Sepanyol
Nederlands: Ávila (stad)
日本語: アビラ
norsk: Ávila
norsk nynorsk: Ávila
occitan: Ávila
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਆਵੀਲਾ, ਸਪੇਨ
polski: Ávila
português: Ávila
română: Ávila
Runa Simi: Avila
русский: Авила
Simple English: Ávila, Spain
slovenčina: Ávila
ślůnski: Ávila
српски / srpski: Авила
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Ávila
suomi: Ávila
svenska: Ávila
Türkçe: Ávila
українська: Авіла
Tiếng Việt: Ávila
Winaray: Ávila
粵語: 阿維拉
中文: 阿维拉