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Murallas de Avila

The Walls of Ávila are like a book which tells the story of the history of Ávila and its peoples. Throughout history the Walls have been an active and determining factor in the way the urban development of Ávila was configured and in the distribution of the urban space amongst the various social groups which lived here (craftsmen, noblemen, clergy, Jews, “mudéjares” (Muslims permitted to live under Christian rule), vegetable gardeners, and so on). If the visitor studies this monument closely, he or she will see in it the representation through the ages of the eternal issues of power, wealth, honour. The route of the wall takes advantage of natural escarpments in the terrain and the difference in levels caused by the river Adaja. The East section crosses the only flat area and is the weakest part of the whole structure; this explains why this section has the most significant defences of the whole structure. The area within the walls measures 33 hectares and a number of suburbs have always been outside the walled enclosure.
In 1985 it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, this 'City of Saints and Stones', the birthplace of St Teresa and the burial place of the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada, has kept its medieval austerity. This purity of form can still be seen in the Gothic cathedral and the fortifications which, with their 82 semicircular towers and nine gates, are the most complete in Spain.

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George McCarten30-Aug-2018 02:21
An excellent find! Wonderful repetitive shadow pattern on the rampart.
gerrit18-Jan-2014 09:13
This is Spain on her best! V
Guest 23-Aug-2012 16:38
very nice. thank you. gracias.
Range View 13-Jun-2012 04:36
A wonderful capture of this very imposing structure! V
Graeme12-Jun-2012 09:03
Wonderful POV and capture, Jose.BV
Fabienne10-Jun-2012 19:38
La composition est fantastique, ces murailles sont étonnantes et fort belles.
thchang10-Jun-2012 15:09
Great composition! ~V~
meekam tam09-Jun-2012 12:48
Excellent perspective,Joseantonio! V
Very concise history too.
Bill Klein08-Jun-2012 20:01
Outstanding POV! V!
carabias08-Jun-2012 16:51
Es preciosa. V
peterjay4508-Jun-2012 16:16
This is an incredible fortification. Beautiful image.
Ceya07-Jun-2012 19:16
Love the play of light and shadows, nice rhythm, the composition is excellent, too! V
MarcViskens04-Jun-2012 18:02
excellent portrait José
gerrit04-Jun-2012 16:36
Once i was there. Heroic times. Thank you for remembering! Shadows ande light beautiful.
Ivan Kruys02-Jun-2012 05:07
Excellent lighting, viewpoint and composition
Guest 01-Jun-2012 14:58
Superb composition. Great POF. I'm sure many secrets over time have been held behind these walls. v
fotabug01-Jun-2012 13:19
That certainly looks formidable! Quite impressive!
Jim Coffman01-Jun-2012 12:14
If only those walls could talk! Great image..
CM Kwan01-Jun-2012 12:08
Excellent perspective, Jose! V
Colin Dixon CPAGB01-Jun-2012 11:13
Great Compo and POV V
Zoltán Balogh01-Jun-2012 11:12
Beautifully composed! V
marko gregoric01-Jun-2012 10:53
Superb scene. V
Guest 01-Jun-2012 09:34
Apart from the fascinating history, your image is spectacular with its leading diagonal line and the clarity of light and the overall composition, shadows and rocks included
Vickie BROWN01-Jun-2012 09:27
Marvellous perspective of an ancient structure, magnific walls!
Stephanie01-Jun-2012 09:10
Amazing capture of this wall! :)
marie-jose wolff01-Jun-2012 09:07
impressive walls, great perspective! V
Yvonne01-Jun-2012 08:07
Goodness me, that is a huge structure, I imagine it must have taken many years to erect! Fascinating history.. v
John Hamers01-Jun-2012 07:00
amazing perspective , nicely captured ! V
Tom LeRoy01-Jun-2012 06:09
Beautiful shot with this perspective, great history ! V
woody3401-Jun-2012 06:05
An amazing history..wonderful perspective of these fortress walls..
John Reynolds LRPS01-Jun-2012 05:53
Excellent composition. Great viewpoint and perspective. V.
Bob White01-Jun-2012 05:16
Excellent shot with excellent perspective, and a nice history to accompany it
Gerard Koehl01-Jun-2012 04:46
La perspective est très belle... V
Barri Olson01-Jun-2012 03:31
Thanks for this interesting history. An impressive shot of this impressive place indeed.
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