Built on the site of an original Roman gateway by Felipe II, I found this rennaisance structure rather ugly and did not pay it too much attention as I was more attracted to the rather ornate facade of the Mezquita and two other buildings nearby. I took the statutory photo for VT and now regret not looking at it more carefully. It was grubby with age and I found out later that it was also called the Arch de Triumph.
Walking by the Roman bridge entering the city,the first thing that you'll see ,it is this beautiful Arch of Trioumph.It is located very close of the Mosque.It is also known as "Puerta del Puente".
The Puerta del Puente is the gate to the bridge, which long ago formed part of the city walls. It became known as the Algeciras gate, the start of the road south. It was redesigned in the 14th century to mark the visit of Felipe II, from which it derives its present appearance. There is a small museum attached to it.
A nice place to take pictures of the Roman Bridge (especially at sunrise/sunset)
and the afternoon sun on the walls of the Mezquita
This renascence Arch Gate called Puerta del Puente is also called The Triunfo one.
It is the entrance to the street where we will find the entrance to the Mosque and the tourist office.
After crossing it we can see at our right two souvenir shops with a great restoration work in their facades.
In front of us we can see the outside of the Cathedral/mosque. Everyone that see for the first time would think (is this the famous one? As it looks very simple from outside... but wait till you see the inside!)
Follow the street, turn left and then right, 200 meters at your left is the tourist office, you can stop for a map of Cordoba and timetable fo the monuments. The inside of the Tourist office deserves a visit.
This gate is located at the end of the Cordoba´s bridge, and was the main entrance to the city. It was built in 1570 by Hernan Ruiz III for the Royal visit of King Felipe II. The Arch was constructed over a Moorish gate wich replaced another more ancient gate built by the Romans during the time of Juilus Ceasar.
At the North side of the Puente Romano is the massive Puerta del Puente. Looking South through the Puerta you can see the Puente Romano and the Torre de la Calahorra on the other side of the river.