"The Gates and Ramparts" Ronda Things to Do Tip by hquittner

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  Almocabar Gate; Charles V gate at far left
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  • Almocabar Gate; Charles V gate at far left - Ronda
      Almocabar Gate; Charles V gate at far left
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  • Charles V Gate - Ronda
      Charles V Gate
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  • Sign of the Cross in Cannonballs - Ronda
      Sign of the Cross in Cannonballs
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  • The Two Gates from Inside the Walls - Ronda
      The Two Gates from Inside the Walls
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  • The Rampartsa and a bar (not a trough) - Ronda
      The Rampartsa and a bar (not a trough)
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The plateau on which the ciudad is situated descends on it southern edge to a point. In this area the ramparts are intact and there are 2 gates,(1) Originally there was one, the Almocaba, surrounded by turrets(early 14C). After the Conquest Charles V added another with a semicircular arch and royal coat of Arms (much restored)(2). Embedded in each of the turrets are 5 stone cannon balls forming crosses.(3) (These are deco. The Spanish victory used wall-shattering iron balls and incendiary cannon volleys; their first use in warfare). Outside the walls is the Plaza San Francisco. "El Pilar" was a drinking trough next to the gate. (5) no longer visible. It was inside the walls (4) between the gates.

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  • Updated Mar 24, 2006
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