Gothic Royal Monastery of Saint Thomas
Students will reside at the Gothic Royal Monastery of Saint Thomas. All rooms are private single rooms with their individual bathrooms. The monastery was founded in 1482 and used by Fernando and Isabel as a summer residence. The monastery now belongs to the Dominican Order.
Class Location: All classes will be held in the monastery.
For images of the monumental convant see: Royal Monastary St. Thomas
Salamanca is approximately 1 hour driving distance from Avila. It is known for having the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded in 1218 by King Alphonse IX of Leon. Salamanca’s architecture includes Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance. One will be captivated by the beautiful buildings in the city center. The most popular spot is the Plaza Mayor. This square is surrounded by outdoor cafes and restaurants. The city has been declared "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO. The modern city has about 160,000 inhabitants. People go walking around the city center. Its University still provides the city with many young people and a great night life.
Segovia is approximately 50 minutes driving distance from Avila. It has a rich cultural history that goes back over 1,000 years. It is best known for the Roman aqueduct which still stands in the middle of the city and the spectacular Alcazar castle, where Columbus secured his finances for his trip to America. Its population is about 50,000. Segovia’s narrow streets make is a charming city to visit on foot. UNESCO has designated it a "World Heritage City" for its cultural and artistic wonders.
El Escorial" is located half-hour from Avila, near the "Sierra de Guadarrama". The primary tours attraction is the Palace/Monastery complex of San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo is more than the mausoleum of the Spanish Monarchs; it is a Palace and monastery complex. After winning the Battle of St. Quentin on August 10, 1557 (Saint Lawrence’s day), and as a way of thanking God for his victory, Felipe II started construction on the "San Lorenzo de El Escorial".
Bernie Cantens, Ph.D. (Philosophy)
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