An outstanding historical marvel
Basilica of San Vicente
The Basilica of San Vicente or Basilica of Los Santos Mártires Vicente, Sabina y Cristeta, was built in honour of these brothers, martyred in the 4th century during the persecution of the Christians ordered by the Prefect Dacian. The sides of their tomb relate the story of their persecution and death.
Work on the temple began in the 12th century, and it is a clear example of the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic style. Notable features include the apse, the central vaults and the main portico, also known as the ‘Portico of Glory’, with its elaborately carved archivolts. The triple apse rises up to a great height, crowned by a clearly Gothic dome, with lancet windows on all four sides.
The crypt holds a 15th century image of the Virgin of La Soterraña which was worshipped by Saint Teresa of Ávila.
In addition to the tomb, other sculptures worthy of note include the capitals on the south front, depicting the Annunciation, the Christ in Majesty and the apostolate on the west front, narrating the parable of Epulon the rich man and Lazarus the pauper. A truly outstanding historical marvel.
- Religious architecture
- Predominant styles:
- Romanesque, Gothic
- Historical Period:
- Middle Ages
Centro de Recepción de Visitantes of Ávila
Avda. Madrid, 39. Ávila. 05001 Ávila.
Telephone: 920 354 000 ext. 370 y 371
Fax: 920 254 200
Tourist Office Regional of Ávila
- General: 3 €
- Reduced: 2.2 €
- Groups: 2.2 €
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