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Educational Travel Tuesday Trivia: Sculpture and dance?

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What Mexican university dance program arose from its founder’s love of sculpture and art?

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Walls of Avila

By Jessie V


Walls of Avila

 The town of Avila, Spain (located just west of Madrid), has the best preserved medieval walls in the country (and among the best in Europe), and is the second biggest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China). These ancient walls were built as a defensive mechanism, but also served to control the entrances (of both people and goods) to the city and guard it from outbreaks of the plague. The walls are shaped in a sort of rectangle, and feature 88 towers and 9 gates. The most spectacular gate is Puerta del Alcazar (Gate of the Fortress). Avila (and its walls) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The walls took almost 600 years to build, starting in 1090, and are 12 meters high. Today, visitors can walk along the tops of some of the walls, just as people did hundreds of years ago (although you pay an entrance fee of a few euros now – I’m not sure if people paid back then). And, the walls are beautifully illuminated at night.

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  • Read about the history, structure, and architects of the wall. Note the last paragraph, which focuses on how the citizens of the town were included in the obligations of tending and guarding the walls. Can you think of other places in the world where people feel so connected to an aspect of their town? Or do you think this is a rare instance of a structure building, as it were, a community?
  • Watch this video of the walls of Avila, and then take a walk yourself, along the wall, here. Click, if you like, on the 360 degree section of that site for closer looks. Note some of the details in the carvings and stone. What are some of the ways that the town has incorporated the walls into buildings – and daily life?
  • Read one traveler’s experiences in Avila, including walking along the walls. How do you think walls impact a city, long-term? What do they keep in – and keep out?

This lesson was contributed by Jessie Voigts: Get to know her! Want more lesson ideas? See last week’s Teach Through Educational Travel: Arles through the eyes of van Gogh – perfect for your next classroom activity.

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Educational Travel Tuesday Trivia – Big Wall!

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This week’s trivia question: What European country boasts the second biggest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China)?

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Click Here for the answer to last week’s question: In what city in Southern France did Vincent van Gogh paint his 1888 painting, Café Terrace at Night?

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