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Alhambra: Puerta de los Siete Suelos – Door of the Tower with Seven Floors


Puerta de los Siete Suelos – Door of the Tower with Seven Floors
Just like the Puerta de la Justicia, this used to be an external entrance to the Alhambra in the Nasrid period. However, the original gate was destroyed by the retreating Napoleon’s troops in 1812.

The image shows the gate restored based on the pictures drawn by people, including Washington Irving. It is built on the south side of the wall that surrounds the Alhambra and is located east of the Ruins of the Abencerrajes Palace.

The gate got its name because of the belief that it had seven floors below the ground. However, the excavation of this site found only two underground floors.

The gate also has an interesting legend associated with it. According to this legend, Boabdil, the last Nasrid ruler of Granada, left the Alhambra through this gate after his surrender to the Christian kings. Before surrendering, it is believed that he made a deal with the Christian kings to close the gate forever.

Related Pages
Palacios Nazaríes – Nasrid Palaces – A Shining Example of Moorish Art and Architecture
Los Jardines del Partal – The Gardens of the Partal
Alcazaba – A Formidable Fortress of the Nasrids
Medina, the Bustling City
Alhambra – Christian-Era Monuments
Alhambra – Outer Monuments
Generalife – Heavenly Gardens of the Nasrids

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