"Basilica de San Vicente in Avila" Spain Off The Beaten Path Tip by Paul2001
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Avila has more to see than it's magnificant walls. There are also some very interesting churches scattered about the town. One of the most important is the Basílica de San Vicente. This is a very fine Romanesque-Gothic building that was constructed during the 12th to 14th centuries. Inside the primary reason to visit this church is the tomb of San Vincente which is located just beyond the western portal. The tomb is covered with interesting carvings. The unfortunate thing about exploring the interior is that this probably the darkest church, that I have ever visited. I actually visited twice for this reason. My first trip was late in the afternoon and it was incredibly dark inside. So much so that a little elderly lady even complained about too me. It is better to visit in the morning or midday when the sun is at its brightest and peeps through the small windows of the church.
The church is located at the Plaza de San Vincente just north east of the town walls. It is open daily from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 6pm.
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