Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition/Gil Gonzalez d'Avila

AVILA, GIL GONZALEZ D , a Spanish biographer and antiquary, was born at Avila about the year 1577, and died there in 1658. He was made historiographer of Castile in 1612, and of the Indies in 1641. Of his numerous works, the most valuable are his Teatro de las Grandezas de Madrid (Madrid, 1623, sqq.}, and his Teatro Eclesiastico, descriptive of the metropolitan churches and cathedrals of Castile, with lives of the prelates (Madrid, 1645-53, 4 vols. 4to).