Puerta del Cambrón

Toledo, Spain

The Puerta del Cambrón is a city gate located in the west sector of Toledo. It was last reconstructed in 1576. Of Renaissance style, has two pairs of towers and two arches, being built of stone and brick. Hernán González and Diego de Velasco, as well as Juan Bautista Monegro would sculpt a figure of Leocadia in the gate.

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Founded: 1576
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Jerry Zhang (6 months ago)
nice gate
AM P (9 months ago)
Ok
Mattijs Louwye (3 years ago)
Walk through it and enjoy your view
Ивайло Борисов (3 years ago)
This gate owes its name to the spiny buckthorn bushes all around it which are known in Spanish as cambroneras.
Ruben A. Monzon (3 years ago)
Puerta del Cambrón - Also called previously "Gate of the Jews" or "Gate of Santa Leocadia", it has been speculated on with the possibility that the name of the door, of the Cambrón, had its origin in the growth of a bramble or thorny plant on top of the ruins of one of the towers, before the last reconstruction of the door, in 1576. Renaissance style, has two pairs of towers and two arches, being built in stone and brick. It underwent a couple of reconstructions in the 1570s, the last one around 1576. It is believed that the work masters Hernán González and Diego de Velasco participated in these works, as well as Juan Bautista Monegro, who would sculpt a figure of Santa Leocadia at the door . The door was damaged and damaged during the Spanish Civil War. Source: Wikipedia
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