Castile–Leon and Castile–La Mancha Sights

Basílica de San Vicente (Basilica of St. Vincent)

  • Pl. de San Vicente 1 Map It
  • Ávila
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/18/2015

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North of Ávila's cathedral, this much-venerated Romanesque basilica was founded on the supposed site where St. Vincent was martyred in AD 303 with his sisters, Sts. Sabina and Cristeta. Construction began in 1130 and continued through the 12th century, and the massive church complex was restored in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The west front, shielded by a vestibule, still has damaged but expressive Romanesque carvings depicting the death of Lazarus and the parable of the rich man's table. The sarcophagus of St. Vincent forms the centerpiece of the basilica's Romanesque interior. The extraordinary, Asian-looking canopy above the sarcophagus is a 15th-century addition.

Sight Information

Address:

Pl. de San Vicente 1, Ávila, 05001, Spain

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Phone:

920-225969

Sight Details:

  • €2 (free Sun.)
  • May–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–6:30, Sun. and holidays 10–2 and 4–6; Nov.–Apr., Mon.–Sat. 10–1:30 and 4–6:30, Sun. and holidays 10–2 and 4–6. Closed during Mass

Published 08/18/2015

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