Walls of Ávila
|UNESCO World Heritage site|
Ávila's city walls
|Official name||Muralla y Puertas|
|Location||Ávila, Province of Ávila, Castile and León, Spain|
|Part of||"Town of Avila intra-muros" part of Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches|
|Inscription||1985 (9th Session)|
The work was started in 1090 but most of the defensive wall appears to have been rebuilt in the 12th century. The enclosed area is an irregular rectangle of 31 hectares with a perimeter of some 2,516 meters, including 88 semicircular towers. The walls have an average width of 3 metres and an average height of 12 metres. The nine gates were completed over several different periods. The Puerta de San Vicente (Gate of St Vincent) and the Puerta del Alcazar (Gate of the Fortress) are flanked by twin towers, 20 metres high, linked by a semicircular arch. The apse of the cathedral also forms one of the towers.
It is possible to walk upon the walls for roughly half the circumference. Whilst some of the walls will never be navigable in this way because of their integration into other structures, there is a large stretch of the walls that has yet to be made safe for pedestrians.
- "Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches", UNESCO. Retrieved 15 April 2012