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Torres de Serranos

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The Serranos Gate or Serranos Towers (Valencian: [ˈtorez ðe seˈrans]; Spanish: Torres de Serranos [ˈtorez ðe seˈranos]; "Serrano Towers") or Porta de Serrans (Valencian: [ˈpɔɾta ðe seˈrans]; Spanish: Puerta de Serranos [ˈpwerta ðe seˈranos]; "Serrano Gates") is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall, the Christian Wall (Muralla Cristiana), of the city of Valencia, Spain. It was built in Valencian Gothic style at the end of the 14th century (between 1392 and 1398). Its name is probably due to its location in the northeast of the old city centre, making it the entry point for the road connecting Valencia with the district of Los Serranos (the main road to Saragossa and Barcelona). Alternatively, the gate may also have been named after an important family, the Serranos, who lived in a street with the same name. It is an important landmark and one of the best preserved monuments of Valencia. Of the ancient city wall, which was pulled down in 1865 on the orders of the provincial governor Cirilio Amorós, only the Serranos Towers, the 15th century Cuart Towers, and some other archaeological remains and ruins, such as those of the Jewish Gate (Puerta de los Judíos), have survived. The Torres de Serranos were built in the 14th century, 1392, by Pere Balaguer. It was the main entrance of the city and it was originally build with a defensive function. From 1586 until 1887 the towers were used as a prison for nobles.
Construction and structure
Commissioned by the Valencian government, the Serranos Towers were built by the architect Pere Balaguer, who was inspired by other Gothic gates with polygonal towers, such as the Puerta de San Miguel in Morella and the Royal Gate (Puerta Real) of the Poblet Monastery, showing Genoese influences. Constructiuon began on the 6th of April 1392, on the site of an older gateway. The walls consist of very solid stone, as their main purpose was fortification. However, they are covered with a cladding of limestone, mainly from Alginet, a town near Valencia, in order to give the building a more luxurious, distinguished appearance. In 1397, when the works were nearly finished, it became apparent that the access to the main floor had to be improved. An enormous, monumental stone staircase was built, enlarging the building and facilitating its use for welcoming parties. The works were completed in March 1398.
History and Uses
For a long time, its main purpose was to defend the city in the event of a siege or attack, but it was also regularly used for ceremonies, such as official welcoming ceremonies for ambassadors and kings, as it was (and still is) deemed to be the main entrance to the city. After one of the main prisons of Valencia burnt down in 1586, the towers were turned into a prison for knights and the nobility until the prisoners were transferred to the monastery of Saint Austin in 1887. Since then, they have been used for different purposes, for instance for a wide range of official ceremonies...   ... (English)
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