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Plaza de la Catedral is a square in the fortified Spanish city of Avila. Named for the cathedral (out of frame to the left here) it also houses a number of other interesting old buildings as well as this row of stone lions that presumably act as guardians.

The building with the tower is the Palace of Los Velada. Its construction reflects various styles and dates from the end of the 15th to the beginning of the 16th centuries. The graceful tower built on top of the Palace is decorated with coats of arms on the corners. It also shows evidence of the fact that it once had battlements.

Inside, it has a porticoed central courtyard with three levels, but only the north wing has been conserved; the lower two galleries have reduced arches on Tuscan columns and the upper gallery has lintels. It has since been turned into a hotel.

(Source: Avila Tourism website)

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