Puerta de Elvira


It is known as the door Arco de Elvira Elvira or the main access to Granada in Andalusia (Spain), during the Islamic domination. It was built in the eleventh century by the Zirid Sultans built into the walls that bound to the east by the gate Monaita and the southwest gate, Arch of Tinajillas.


It has undergone various transformations throughout its history, the most important being held in the reign of Yusuf I of the Nasrid dynasty. At this time it was formed as an autonomous fortress with four towers, three gatehouses and two doors besides externally that communicated with the slope of the Alhacaba and Elvira Street. In 1612 they have demolished three gatehouses. During the French occupation several iron-plated doors and walls were destroyed.  

Puerta de Elvira
Puerta de Elvira


In 1879 Iron Gate (Bab al-Hadid) was demolished also called Puerta de la Cuesta (bab al-Aqaba), which was added in the XIV century to communicate the medina with the Albaicín.


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