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The Walls of Avila, Spain March 15, 2016

Posted by anagasto in building, history.
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Avila,  the City of Stones and Saints and of Romanesque architecture, is also famous for its bars and restaurants.

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Avila Spain location

The roads are world class.

56 miles
90 kilometers bearing north west
http://www.mapcrow.info/Distance_between_Madrid_SP_and_Avila_SP.html
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Avila’s Most Famous citizen:

Saint Teresa

Her grandfather was Jewish and suffered persecution in Toledo. He fled that city with all of his family and moved to Avila where he was able to buy citizen’s rights  by bribing some official to declare he was not Jewish.

Teresa beame a nun, the founder of many convents, and a great writer. Her style and her content is highly personal, her Spanish and her spelling full of mistakes, but her reasoning had to be accepted by the leaders of her time.

She  had to fear the Inquisition  because of the novelty of some of her ideas.

Teresa lived  from 1515 to 1582. Pope John VI declared her to be a teacher of the Church in 1979,  some 400 years after her death. in 1970.

These things take time.

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The Jewish people were expelled from Spain in 1492:

To avoid expulsion they had to change over to Catholicism, but those that did became later suspect of remaining Jewish in their hearts, and the Inquisition went after them.

Many were tortured, waterboarded, killed.
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Avila walls photographed by Pelayo published at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%C3%81vila_24-8-2002.jpg
under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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