My Pictures of Avila

Sept. 1, 2003 in Avila, Spain, home of Mother Teresa of Jesus (St. Teresa of Avila)

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Arriving at the city of Avila, the Plaza de Santa Teresa, with a statue in her honor. (Church of San Pedro in background)
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Avila has the best preserved city walls in Spain. Built in the 12th century, it is 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) long.
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For the curious: the wall has 88 towers, 6 gates and 3 smaller doors. Hard to see, but on the hill in the distance is the shrine known as the "4 Posts".
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Following the footsteps of St. Theresa begins with her home and place of birth. The Church and Convent of St. Teresa were built in the 17th century over her family home.
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This chapel which marks the place where she was born, March 28, 1515.
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Not much to look at, but the 16th century Church of St. John the Baptist is where St. Teresa was baptized, April 4, 1515.
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View of the Monastery of the Incarnation, where St. Teresa joined the Carmelites at age 21, and lived over 20 years as a Carmelite before starting her reformed foundations, and had many of her mystical experiences.
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The Monastery of San Jose (St. Joseph) the first foundation of St. Teresa in 1562 of her new reformed order of Discalced Carmelites. (With a group of pilgrims from England I met here.)
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Inside the chapel of the Monastery of San Jose. She began her with only 4 novices what would become one of the most fruitful movements in the Church's history.
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A side altar dedicated to St. John of the Cross, who was a spiritual director for St. Teresa. (He lived his last 2 years in the Monastery of the Incarnation.)
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The Cathedral, started in the 12th century and finished in the 16th, was the first Cathedral in Spain with Gothic design.
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Interior view of the Cathedral. It actually hasn't changed much since the time of St. Teresa.
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Beautiful high altarpiece in the Cathedral.
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The Cathedral cloister.
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Side view of the Cathedral and the flying buttresses.
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The Cathedral seen from the other side, with one of its rose window and the belltower.
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View of the Cathedral from one of the towers of the city walls.
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View as one walks along the walls.
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View of the Plaza de Santa Teresa and Church of San Pedro seen in the first photo.
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View of the towers with the Monastery of the Incarnation in the distance.
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Basilica of St. Vincent, an important Romanesque Church in the cities history. Built between the 11th and 14th centuries, St. Teresa also prayed here for the strength and courage she needed to start her new foundation.
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The entrance doorway of St. Vincent.
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View of the interior. On the right is the tomb / monument erected for Vincent and two other martyrs
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A view of the wall from St. Vincents. It was one of the unique in the world to build bridges between the towers.

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