We visited the walled city of Avila during our trip to Spain in 2010 and I took this shot from a place called Los Cuatro Postes (The Four Posts) which is about 1.5 kilometers from the city’s walls. This will be my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.
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The Four Posts is a religious monument that was originally built in the 12th century after the people of Avila temporarily abandoned their city to go on a pilgrimage in gratitude for the disappearance of the plague. During their absence a band of Muslims looted the city. Half of the pilgrims on their return defended the city from further attack while the other half hunted down the Muslims and retrieved their booty. This second group was then refused entrance inside the city’s walls unless they shared the booty. The King of Castile intervened and expelled the group inside the walls. The city council then decided that the people of Avila should repeat their pilgrimage every year and authorized the building of the humilladero (term cross) along the way.
The present monument was built in 1566. The granite cross in the middle of the square formed by the four Doric columns was rebuilt in 1995 after it was destroyed by vandals. Here’s another photo I took that day that shows all four posts plus the cross:
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Wednesdays (Tuesdays in North America and Europe) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.