Gate of the Seven Floors
Opening time: from 8.30am to 8.00pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Access: with the General Admission ticket to the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra.
Capacity: 30 people.
Period: 14th century.
Through the splendour, decoration and structural complexity of the Gate, together with its strong symbolism, the sultans wanted to express their power and magnificence. On the south side of the wall, which encloses and protects the Alhambra, is the Gate of the Seven Floors (Puerta de los Siete Suelos) or Bab al-Gudur, built as it is now by the mid of the 14th century, during the mandate of Yusuf I, on top of an earlier smaller gate. In front of it is an artillery bastion, independent but connected to the Gate after the Christian conquer. It is the closest gate to the Medina and probably has a ceremonial character since, according to the chronicles of the time, tournaments and jousts were held in front of it. It has the typical defensive L-shaped structure that forces visitors to zig-zag before entering the area.
In 2004 the Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife performed cleaning and restoration works on the bastion of the Tower, and now it can be admired in all its splendour.