"The Puerta del Puente" Spain Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The Puerta del Puente, Spanish for "Gate of the Bridge," is a triumphal arch leading into the ancient city of Córdoba. It was so named because the main road into the city passed over the Roman Bridge (built in about 918 A.D.), through the gate, and up a hill into the city.

The present structure was preceded by Roman and Moorish gateways. The Moorish gateway was demolished in 1571 to make way for the present structure. It was commissioned by Córdoba's governor, Alonzo González de Arteaga to commemorate a royal visit by King Felipe II.

The Puerta del Puente was designed by architect Hernán Ruiz III. Completed in 1572, it features a square passage sided by couples of Doric columns surmounted by a Classic-style entablature.

Directions: The Puerta del Puente is located on the Plaza Vallinas s/n, along the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2012
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