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Puerta del Sol City Gate

Admire the mix of Christian and Arab influences on this striking 14th-century gate, which once served as the sole entrance to fortified Toledo.

The Puerta del Sol City Gate is one of Toledo’s many well-kept remnants from the city’s time as the Spanish capital. Admire the castle-like appearance of this historic gate and learn more about the Mudéjar style of architecture, which was so prevalent in Toledo at the time of the gate’s construction.

Though records suggest a gate may have stood here since as early as the 10th century, the gate’s current appearance is believed to be due to a later reconstruction in the 14th century. Imagine the turmoil at the time that led to the heavy reinforcement of the gate, thought to have been completed under orders from Archbishop Pedro Tenorio, prior to the breakout of unrest in the city.

Stand back from the gate and admire its brick and stone façade and imposing crenelated towers. Among its most distinctive features is the horseshoe arch at the gate’s base, through which people can enter Toledo’s atmospheric medieval old town. 

Climb the steps in front of the gate to get a closer look at the medallion above the gate’s archway. This circular panel depicts the ordination of Ildephonsus, the 7th-century Visigoth bishop of Toledo and the city’s patron saint. A small hole above the gate was once used for the release and return of carrier pigions.

After admiring the gate from outside the old city, pass through the archway to enter Toledo’s UNESCO-listed historic quarter. The region is packed with relics from its multi-layered past, including remnants from its time as a Roman municipality, the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom, part of the Moorish Emirate of Cordoba, the capital of the Christian Spanish kingdoms and at one point, the seat of power for Charles V, the Spanish Emperor and the Holy Roman Emperor.  

The Puerto del Sol City Gate is always open and no entrance fee is charged to pass through. Because of its elevated position, the gate offers good views over the city so be sure to bring your camera along. It makes a good place from which to begin your exploration of Toledo.


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