Arco de Felipe V
City Gate in Ronda
The Arco de Felipe V or Felipe V arch is part of the city walls of Ronda, Spain. It is named after the king of Spain Philip V (1683 – 1746).
What does the Arco de Felipe V look like?
This door, an emblematic monument of the city, consists of a double stonework arch of ashlar masonry, topped by three pinnacles and adorned with the shell of the Anjou and the royal shield of the Bourbons on its outer face.
Where is Arco de Felipe V located?
This monument is located just to the south of the Puente Viejo in the eastern area of the walled belt. The original door was known as Puerta de la Puente or the Gate of the Bridge and must have been one of the main entrances to the Arab medina, note the closeness of the Baños Árabes.
It is to the north of the Muralla de Levante or La Cijara.
History of Arco de Felipe V
Due to its geographical characteristics, Ronda has always been a strategic enclave, reaching its widest walled configuration in times of Arab domination. The limits of the Muslim medina were the Guadalevín gorge to the north and the city walls to the south, east and west.
After the collapse of the first new bridge in 1741, it was necessary to improve this entrance to the city due to the increased flow of people and goods.
The door that has survived to this day is the one that replaced the original one, which, being in a very open area for winds, deteriorated alarmingly and that is why it was decided to replace it with the current one. In the upper part, a commemorative tombstone was written 1742 the date it was rebuilt.
Other names of Arco de Felipe V
The Arco de Felipe V has the following names: Puerta de la Puente.