Puerta de Tierra

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Puerta Tierra Cádiz 1
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The Puerta de Tierra or Gates of Earth were once part of the city defenses.  Its origin dates back to the 16th century when the first wall was built though the majority of what we see today was  built in the 18th century by the academic architect Torcuato Cayón.  In the center of the construction, there is a marble doorway. The tower ‘Torreón de Puerta de Tierra‘ is a semaphore tower  that was built in 1850 where messages could be relayed to Madrid in two hours.

It wall separates the Old Town (popularly known as “Cádiz” or “Cádiz Cádiz”) and the modern area (popularly known as “Puerta Tierra” or “Extramuros”) from the city.

Until the 20th century there were deep trenches running outside of the wall and just the one opening, but in 1950’s the moat was filled in and two large arches were created for road traffic.

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Visiting Puerta de Tierra


Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am. to 2:30 pm. and from 6 pm. to 9:30 pm. Until July 14, guided visits: Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am. and 8 pm. Mondays is closed.



Address: Plaza de la Constitución, s/n, 11004, Cádiz
Duration: 20 minutes

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