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The New Gate - Puerta de Felipe V and the Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra

The Gate (Arch) of Phillip the 5th was built around 1742/44. During the 1700's the city of Ronda was growing and by the mid 18th century traffic from the north and east was constricted by two small bridges, the Puente Romano and the Puente Viejo. In response the city started construction on a third bridge, at the current site of the Puente Nuevo, but before it was even completed it collapsed. Still needing to improve access to the city, a stairway on the northeast side of the city was dismantled and a roadway was put in its place. The Arco de Felipe (Arch of Phillip 5) was constructed as a part of this roadway project.

A city gate of Ronda, the Puerta de Felipe V


Photo above - looking upward to the new gate

Photo left- If there were no cars you could easily confuse this road with a pedestrian pathway .

The Gate of Phillip V is located about half way between the Arab Baths and the Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra

Go uphill (west) from the new gate and you will find the Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra . The Palace del Marques de Salvatierra is privately owned but does open to the public. The most notable attribute of this 18th century palace is its carved stone, baroque, entrance portal.


Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra
Photo Above - the stone carved facade of Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra was added in 1748

The four fiqures on the portal are believed to personify natives of South America but some, perhaps incorrectly, see a suggestion of Adam and Eve in the effigies.

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review of the hotel Gabriel in Ronda
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Our review of Hotel Gabriel

Everytime I have been near the Palace of Marques it has been closed. I have never been beyond its portal.

Historically the Palace has been open for guided visits every half hour. 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Closed Thursdays and Sunday afternoons and when the owner is in residence.

A close up look at the carved fiqures shows what appears to be a male and female posed on each side of the portal. The female holds her hands over her privates, in an apparent attempt at modesty, while the male appears to be sticking out his tongue. The entrance of the Palace opens into a large courtyard.

Check out the 200 year old New Bridge

Some of Ronda's Sights:
The New Bridge
The Puente Nuevo is over 200 years old.
Ronda - city wall
A walk down the cliff by way of the reconstructed city wall.

Palacio de Mondragón
The Palace is both an historic treasure and a museum

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The new gate and the "Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra"

The Restored Arab Baths
Considered one of the best preserved Arab Baths in Europe.

Plaza de Toros
The famous bullring of Ronda
La Casa del Ray Moro, the Water Mine and Garden

 

 

 

 


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This page last updated November 2008

Information on this page comes from my March 1999 and October 2006 visit to Spain