Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Toledo city gate
Puerta Vieja de Bisagra, as it's called on the card, Puerta de Bisagra everywhere else, dates right back to the 11th century. It is one of the city gates in Toledo, Spain. It's sometimes called Bisagra Antigua because there is another Bisagra, a newer one dating from 1559.
The old city gate is the only one from the Moorish era to have survived in a reasonable state. On the other side of the gates, the Arab ramparts have survived almost intact. They were built on Roman ruins and now shelter the Old City. The Puerta de Bisagra was the main city gate and a good source of tolls from people entering and leaving.