Impregnable, undaunted

This gem of the XIV century civil Gothic designed and built up by Pere Balaguer was used as a   gateway oriented to the north. They represent an impressive triumphal arch in the city’s Christian walls, full of defensive elements such as a moat, battlements, loopholes or sentry posts. These defensive bastions became the start of an ambitious project to enhance the military facilities of the city, turning it into a fortress, prison and safekeeping site for El Prado Museum´s works of art by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.