Avila is a city of Spain located in the autonomous community of Castile and León.
Distinctly known by its medieval walls, Avila is sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints. It has complete and prominent medieval town walls, built in the Romanesque style.
Orson Welles once named Avila as the place in which he would most desire to live, calling it a "strange, tragic place". Various scenes of his 1965 film Chimes at Midnight were filmed in the town.
Director Stanley Kramer also chose Avila to film the closing scenes of his 1957 epic The Pride And The Passion. In this case a facsimile of Avilas walls, built of giant cork blocks, was erected in front of the original and duly blown up!!
Avila was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.