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Avila. Vista desde el Mirador de los Cuatro Postes

In pre-Roman times (5th century BC), it was inhabited by the Vettones, who called it Obila ("High Mountain") and had here one of their strongest fortresses.
Ávila may have been the ancient town known as Abula, mentioned by Ptolemy in his Geographia (II 6, 60) as being located in the Iberian region of Bastetania.[ Abula is mentioned as one of the first cities in Hispania that was Christianized, specifically by Saint Secundus (San Segundo).However, Abula may have been the town of Abla. After the conquest by the Romans, it was called Abila or Abela. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Ávila was a stronghold of the Visigoths. Conquered by the Arabs , it was repeatedly attacked by the northern Iberian Christian kingdoms, after which it remained virtually uninhabited. It was repopulated in the 11th century, after the definitive capture of the area by the Christians, under Raymond of Burgundy.
The city lived a period of prosperity under the Catholic Monarchs (early 16th century) and their successors Charles V and Philip II of Spain, but decayed again starting from the 18th century, when its population was reduced to just 4,000 inhabitants.

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anuschka29-Sep-2013 14:16
What an impressive overview of this formidable defence wall! V.
globalgadabout31-May-2012 13:53
the fortifications around this town tell of dangerous times...fine overview from your vantage point...V
Regine L.30-May-2012 23:40
This is a wonderful gallery inviting us instantly to come and visit. Thank you for the informative narration. V.
Carl H. Johnson30-May-2012 19:32
Such a great pov to capture this amazing fort!!!~V~
Richard Glenn30-May-2012 13:35
Beautiful classic, walled city. V
Bob White30-May-2012 12:34
Beautiful view of this Fortress, and nice lighting
CM Kwan30-May-2012 12:20
What an inviting view, Jose! V
Missed Opportunities30-May-2012 11:08
Can't imagine the work that went into that wall - - must have been a terrible time to have lived. Great image!
Mike H.30-May-2012 09:51
Beautiful view of this walled city;
probably the best possible POV too!
Graeme30-May-2012 09:08
What a magnificent view of this ancient city surrounded by its castle walls, Jose. BV
Zoltán Balogh30-May-2012 07:45
A great compo, beautiful views! V
NealyBob30-May-2012 07:41
Fantastic capture of this ancient place~!V
Irene Wehrli30-May-2012 07:34
The town nicely protected by the fortress - wonderful composition Joseantonio!
Tom LeRoy30-May-2012 06:38
Fantastic view of this fortress, what interesting history! V
woody3430-May-2012 06:00
An incredible image,,fortress and history...beautiful work..
John Hamers30-May-2012 05:53
Great capture !, From this point of view the fortress it is very impressive !!
fotabug30-May-2012 04:52
What a grand view. Impressive town and fortress
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad30-May-2012 04:36
It looks to be a formidable fortress. Very good documentary. V
Gerard Koehl30-May-2012 03:42
Magnifique vue sur cette belle ville. V
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