Antequera - Fact 1 - Gates of Heaven

The majestic and beautifully preserved Puerta de Malaga, in Antequera. © Michelle Chaplow
The majestic and beautifully preserved Puerta de Malaga, in Antequera.

Located at the top of the town, the Arco de los Gigantes dates from 1585, and was built in honour of King Philip II. The late-Renaissance arch was constructed using Roman masonry with sculptures and inscriptions, rescued from the Roman town which was probably destroyed around the same time (see Fact 3). You walk through this magnificent stone triumphal arch to get to the castle walls. There are three other gates in Antequera: Puerta de Malaga, Puerta de Estepa and Puerta de Granada.

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