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Ávila (Latin: Abila and Obila) is located in the autonomous community of Castile and León
"Ávila de los Caballeros" is an honorific title of the city and others are "Ávila del Rey" and "Ávila de los Leales" which are all present in the flag of the city.
The city is notable for having complete medieval city walls which were built in the Romanesque style. It is also one of the cities with the highest number of Romanesque churches, Gothic churches and catering establishments in relation to the number of its inhabitants.
It is known by many as the city of «Pebbles and Saints». The writer José Martínez Ruiz Azorín, after writing The Castilian Soul, said it was "perhaps the most 16th century city of Spain".
The city is 1131 meters (3665 feet) above sea level, 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. This results in an extreme climate, with very hard and long winters, and short summers.

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Franz Bauer10-Nov-2012 13:51
Well composed photo and interesting wall,but where are the graffitis we see normally on every wall ?! :-)
janescottcumming14-Jun-2012 20:29
What a beautiful place! Mixing the old and the new. The wall is incredible. V
lucanton14-Jun-2012 19:09
Belle vue sur la ville !
Martin Lamoon14-Jun-2012 16:21
A fantastic shot of the walls and town beyond. V
Guest 14-Jun-2012 15:39
Un punt de vista realment esplèndid.
Carl H. Johnson14-Jun-2012 14:47
Outstanding capture Jose!!!
teachpeace14-Jun-2012 13:07
Thanks for the info. Beautiful view.
pascal14-Jun-2012 12:52
Beautiful view ! Excellent catch !
Yvonne14-Jun-2012 10:08
What a superb pov for this image & thanks for such interesting information! v
Guest 14-Jun-2012 10:06
Jose, Your image shows the town is an interesting mixture of ancient and modern.
Graeme14-Jun-2012 09:48
Great viewpoint of this beautiful city, Jose.BV
woody3414-Jun-2012 07:00
An incredible scene,Jose...those walls look impenetrable ,must be a harsh climate..
Bob White14-Jun-2012 06:52
Beautiful shot of this old Walled City excellent work
marko gregoric14-Jun-2012 05:53
Wonderful view. V
Vickie BROWN14-Jun-2012 04:49
You show us how beautiful here, thank you for sharing this brilliant view José!
hge5414-Jun-2012 04:22
Stunning shot. This was as close to Avila as I came.
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