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Doña Urraca gateway

  • View of the Doña Urraca gateway in Zamora © Turespaña

    View of the Doña Urraca gateway in Zamora © Turespaña

  

Category

Gateway

Date

Early 13th century

Style

Romanesque
Calle de San Bartolomé, s/n
49004 Zamora
Zamora, Castile-Leon
Zamora

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This imposing gateway is extremely well conserved and was the most important access in the mediaeval walls protecting the old centre of the town of Zamora, which was also known by the name of 'la bien cercada' ('the well-defended').

The mediaeval walls of Zamora comprise three successive enclosures (11th-13th centuries). This gateway of San Bartolomé (also called Zambranos or Doña Urraca) belongs to the third of these (13th century). The most outstanding features to be seen on the exterior are two large round towers made from solid stone slabs flanking the entrance, in a continuous semicircular archway.
It is popularly known as the 'Doña Urraca gateway' thanks to a legend described in the epic poem entitled 'Romancero del Cerco de Zamora'. King Alfonso VI 'the Brave' of León (1065-1109) had ceded the governance of Zamora to his elder sister Doña Urraca. There she withstood the siege (1072) to which she was subjected for many years by another brother, King Sancho II 'the Strong' of Castile (1065-1072), with the help of El Cid Campeador. According to the 'Romancero', this was the gateway from which Doña Urraca implored El Cid to abandon the siege.
 

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