Puerta del Carmen


The Puerta del Carmen is located at Paseo de Maria Agustin, 15. It was constructed in 1789 by the architect Agustin Sanz and inaugurated in 1792. The style is Neoclassic. It was one of twelve gates to the city, four being Roman and eight being medieval. When the walls of the city were removed, this gate was left isolated on this street. The architecture of the gate is similar to Roman triumphal gates with a central arch and two minor lateral arches. The gate is of historic interest because during the War of Independence against the French forces, it was a bastion of resistance against the French and today the damage by French bombardment is still apparent. In 1997 a bus collided with the gate, so the gate was restored after that. The gate was given the title of National Monument in 1908.