Basilica de San Vicente
Basilica de San Vicente
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  • Jason S
    Arlington, Massachusetts599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and interesting
    This beautiful building (despite some scaffolding for repairs) was a real surprise. Thanks to the audio guide included with admission, I learned all about the long history of 1,000 years on that spot where Vicente, Sabina, and Cristesa were martyred in the 4th century. The cenotaph with a cartoon-strip like set of carvings telling their story — including their torture and execution — is one of the most remarkable pieces of religious art I have ever seen, but far from the only remarkable moment is this stunning monument. Absolutely a must-see in Ávila.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth A Visit
    We were a bit jaded from seeing so many cathedrals and churches in Toledo and Barcelona. Also paying multiple admissions, although not expensive was becoming tiresome. Our guide suggested we see this so we did, The different styles of architecture were very interesting. The inside was quite impressive and beautiful. We were glad we went.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The interior of the Basilica is very beautiful
    My wife and I visited Avila on a day trip from Madrid during a visit this past spring. Our guide took us to the Basilica de San Vincente at the end of our tour of Avila. It is very impressive on the interior of the basilica. The gold plated altar is beautiful and the carvings on the martyrs’s tomb is very colorful. The Basilica is not to be missed when visiting Avila.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited Avila on a day trip from Madrid during a visit this past spring. Our guide took us to the Basilica de San Vincente at the end of our tour of Avila. It is very impressive on the interior of the basilica. The gold plated altar is beautiful and the carvings on the martyrs’s tomb is very colorful. The Basilica is not to be missed when visiting Avila.
Written 18 December 2023
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Patty B
Nashville, TN1,479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We were a bit jaded from seeing so many cathedrals and churches in Toledo and Barcelona. Also paying multiple admissions, although not expensive was becoming tiresome. Our guide suggested we see this so we did, The different styles of architecture were very interesting. The inside was quite impressive and beautiful. We were glad we went.
Written 15 July 2023
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Jason S
Arlington, MA599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This beautiful building (despite some scaffolding for repairs) was a real surprise. Thanks to the audio guide included with admission, I learned all about the long history of 1,000 years on that spot where Vicente, Sabina, and Cristesa were martyred in the 4th century. The cenotaph with a cartoon-strip like set of carvings telling their story — including their torture and execution — is one of the most remarkable pieces of religious art I have ever seen, but far from the only remarkable moment is this stunning monument. Absolutely a must-see in Ávila.
Written 25 April 2023
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ALMD
Miami, FL144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This basilica with the murallas are the best 2 attractions in Avila. Beautiful inside and outside, book a tour to hear the explanation and description. Excellent
Written 14 April 2023
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JSTrip_77
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is one of those European churches which has been enlarged and changed so many time over hundreds, actually, over 1000 years and now has elements that span so many different eras. For me, the most impressive element was not even the building itself but rather the ornate tomb which includes intricately carved and colored figures. It was a bit annoying that everything in Avila required a separate ticket. I did not mind at all paying for the upkeep of these treasures but a package ticket would have been nice.
Written 20 November 2022
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Sherpa2286
Alpharetta, GA593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a beautiful Cathedral on the outside and is stunning on the inside. You can appreciate the beauty and get a great feel for this magnificent in a little over an hour. It is around 3 euro to visit.
Written 7 November 2022
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
In my opinion, the better of the two major churches - this one has a better story, the cathedral has more ornate art and is more important to the church. This is a shorter visit though. Right outside the walls.

Basically it's a temple to 3 legendary martyr brothers. That history is suspect, but it was enough to convince folks to build a Christian church here after the reconquista.

It's a few euros, comes with an audio guide.
Written 28 May 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Visited the Basilica on a short visit to Avila. It is closed for lunch between 13 30 and 16. We had to wait a little past 16 until someone opened the door. Entrance costs 3 euro regular price and 2.20 for students. You can see everything quickly. There is an audio guide QR code for phones. There is also a subterranean chapel.
Written 23 March 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
It is difficult to appreciate the size of Ávila Cathedral as it is in the town closely surrounded by many buildings. Not so Capilla San Vincente, completed in the 14th century it stands alone as an imposing structure in red brick. Internally it is equally imposing with huge pillars so familiar of this era. It has a very ornate altar-piece with many icons and gilted woodwork. Unusual is the burial place of the martyrs Sabina and Cristeta Martyred in Roman times taking up the centre of the church in front of the main altar.
Written 7 October 2021
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Lovely old church / convent just outside the city walls. Maybe not as impressive as the cathedral inside Las Murallas but well worth a visit.
Written 27 July 2021
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