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Murallas de Avila. Puerta del Carmen

Murallas de Avila. Puerta del Carmen

For its part, the Puerta del Carmen (Gate of El Carmen) is a skewed entrance. This means that to gain access from the outside, a turn is necessary, which prevents it from being approached head-on. This formula was very common in Moslem military architecture and guaranteed a better defence system by impeding a head-on attack. It also differs from other entrances because the turrets around it have a square layout
This gate takes its name from a Carmelite convent that was joined to the walls. The building was then used as the provincial prison and the modern-day Provincial Historical Archive has been built on its remains. The most recognisable remains of the convent is the brick steeple, which has been photographed thousands of times thanks to the spectacular stork’s nests that have been built there

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Graeme14-Jun-2012 19:07
Beautifully captured, Jose.BV
Ceya14-Jun-2012 14:16
A most interesting structure well captured, José, against the lovely blue sky! Many beautiful details. V
Dennis Hoyne14-Jun-2012 02:41
Another beautiful image of an historical structure, so well done, Jose.
Hank Vander Velde14-Jun-2012 02:31
A beautiful well composed image and good info Jose.
woody3413-Jun-2012 22:48
Spectacular scene..beautifully composed, great light and details..
Martin Lamoon13-Jun-2012 20:50
Great exposure in the bright sunlight. V
bill friedlander13-Jun-2012 19:57
A beautifully composed view of the gate. The light and details are excellent. V
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