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Puerta del Puente

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Puerta del Puente

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Mairwen1 wrote a review Dec 2020
United Kingdom4073 contributions8285 helpful votes
This was the historic gateway on the Guadalquivir River, that gave entry to old Cordoba. It sounds more impressive than it is. Perhaps that’s because it’s not the original one. It replaced a Moorish gate, which in turn had replaced the ancient Roman one. The gateway that you see today was built in the 16th century to celebrate the visit of King Phillip II in 1570 - the Renaissance equivalent of rolling out the red carpet. In the 1500s, Cordoba was one of the most important cities in Castile and the king planned to hold an assembly of the Royal Court of the Kingdom here. This prompted the Mayor of Cordoba to look with fresh eyes at the decrepit old Moorish gateway and he decided to spruce things up a bit and called in the architect Hernán Ruiz to design a brand new one. The gateway probably looked more impressive when the city walls still stood either side. They were removed in 1912 and it now looks a little lonely, on its own. With the walls gone, it is a free-standing, squat sort of structure. It was constructed from sandstone, with a single square arch flanked by four fluted Doric columns. Above the arch, you see a simple, grey console with an inscription that refers to the reign of Phillip II. It is crowned with a semicircular pediment with a relief that shows two courtiers standing either side of the royal coat of arms. Other than this, there’s not much ornamentation or decoration. It is free to visit and looking through the arch towards the Roman bridge creates a nice photo. It looks most special at night, when it is illuminated.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Martyn Cymro wrote a review Jul 2020
Coimbra, Portugal3222 contributions564 helpful votes
Puerta del Puente was built in the second half of the sixteenth century, on the site of the principal former Moorish gateway into the city, which in turn had been built on the site of a Roman gate into the city. The 'Bridge Gate' is not beautiful but it dies dominate the entrance into the city when coming off the Roman Bridge. It's not a wonderous piece of architecture, but it does present a photo opportunity. There is no charge to visit it.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Chaitanya wrote a review May 2020
Cambridge, Canada812 contributions252 helpful votes
The gate is the entryway to the historic town of Cordoba, it is a impressive structure and has historical significance. The walkway in front of it is beautiful and a great place to go for a stroll. The gate is a great backdrop for photos regardless of which direction you take a photo from.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Dimitris L wrote a review May 2020
Sydney, Australia25366 contributions62755 helpful votes
Puerta del Puente is an old city gate, dating to the Middle Ages. It was built in the 16th century. The location is important as this very spot by the River, had always been, since ancient times a very busy and useful location. It was good for trade and movement of people as well. The construction of the Gate made the whole thing "official", in a way. The Gate has also been known by various names, two of which are the present Gate of the Bridge and Gate of the River. Over time various works have taken place around the Gate, and in more recent years it was transformed into the "triumphal Arch" (rather than just "gate") it is today. Worth a visit.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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staledale wrote a review Feb 2020
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Puerta del Puente is located behind the Mezquita toward the Guadalquivir river and across from the Roman Bridge (Puente Romano); so you should walk directly through it while exploring these other sites and before walking over the bridge. No cost to walk through the gate.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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