Murallas de Levante, Carmen & Cijara
City Walls in Ronda
The Murallas are the City walls that start at the Iglesia del Espíritu Santo by the Puerta de Almocabar. The protected the eastern flank of the City that was thought to be the most open to attack as they lacked the natural defenses of high steep cliffs, instead there was a slope in places right up to the walls on the summit, in others up to a small cliff face.
The Murallas of Ronda
The different sections of wall have different names Murallas de Levante or Levante walls along the walls become the Murallas del Carmen or Carmen Walls and Murallas de la Cijara. There can also be seen evidence of secondary defensive walls to the west of the city in the region below the Alcasaba and further round towards the Tajo Gorge and in places a triple line.
The Main Wall is on top of the hillside rise or hillside rise & short rock cliff face, with the Outer Wall running parallel to it by the side of the road near the valley bottom, running alongside the paved road. The best example of this is near to the Baños Árabes. The Third Wall is by the Puerte de la Cijara or Cijara Gate and just to the south of the gate an area know as the Murallas del Carmen.
The Gates of Ronda
Puerte de la Puente Arabe
A gate used to stand at the city side of the Puente Árabe, this having been the main road to Granada before the new quarter at Padre Jesus was developed in Christian times. As the main entrance to the city, this was considered one of the most critical to defend, and two walls with towers converged at this point.
We can still appreciate how solid those gates might have been when we continue up the path at the base of the inner walls, the Murallas de Levante, to the Puerte de la Cijara. Certainly without cannon it would be impossible to attack the gate and walls without terrible loss of life.
Puerte de la Cijara
Traders and visitors to Ronda in Moorish times would generally enter the city from the Puente Árabe, and the majority would bathe in the Arab Baths, before visiting a small mosque located next to the gates which probably stood where their is now a small chapel. From there visitors would ascend into the city proper through the Puerte de la Cijara.
Puerta de los Esparteros or La Mancebia
On the way along the Murallas de Levante, and before you reach the Espritu Santo church is a short track that leads to the left, and under one of the houses of this street you will see one of the most enigmatic arches, the Puerta de los Esparteros. Its construction dates from the last years of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century. The gate was created to allow direct access between the neighborhood of the tanneries or neighborhood of San Miguel and the neighborhood of the Holy Spirit.
Currently it appears as a part of the foundations of someone’s home.
Other names of Murallas de Levante, Carmen & Cijara
The Murallas de Levante, Carmen & Cijara has the following names: Murallas de Levante, Levante walls, Murallas del Carmen, Murallas de la Cijara..
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