Bridges and Gates
Hard to miss from nearly any vantage point in the city, a close up at look the bridges and gates of Toledo's Old City is its own reward. Soaring towers and mammoth fortifications testify to the strength of a city that's maintained its borders for well over a thousand years. Each gate, each bridge, and each fortification has its own unique story to be told, so check out our favourites and see them for yourself!
St. Martín's Bridge is a late 14th century medieval bridge that connects Toledo to the west side of the river Tagus constructed to complement the much older Puente de Alcantara, linking to the east. Both sides of the bridge boast heavily fortified towers, the more recent dating from the 16th century. Try finding out who the woman in the middle is...
Early in the second century, the Romans built this fortified stone bridge over the river Tagus to connect the city of Toledo with the river's eastern bank. The inscription the central archway, "Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula," or, "I have built a bridge which will last forever," testifies to the strength of its fortifications.
Originally called Bab al-Saqra, the gate was built by the Moors in the 10th century. Rebuilt in 1559, it served as the city's main gate and adopted the name Puerta de Bisagara Nueva. Two mammoth circular towers stand at the outer gate and two commanding towers at the inner gate make for an imposing and impressive introduction to the city.
Near the Puente de San Martín, where a Visigoth gate once stood, this gate was rebuilt in the 16th century, and retains only a piece of the original structure on its outer façade. The structure has two gates and four towers and took on the nickname "Jew's Gate" for a time, as it linked the river Tagus' western bank to Toledo's Jewish Quarter.
This medieval city gate can be found along the road from the Bisagra gate to Zocodover Plaza. The medallion above the arch of the gate depicts the ordination of the Visigothic Ildephonsus, Toledo's patron saint. The name of the gate comes from the sun and the moon that were once painted on either side of this medallion.