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Monumental Arches and Gates in Spain stamp issue

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The Spanish Post has issued a booklet of eight self-adhesive stamps devoted to monumental arches and gates in Spain.

The Puerta del Alcazar in Avila, also known as the Mercado Grande, is one of the nine gates in the wall that gave access to the old city. It has two towers, more than 20 meters high, connected by a Romanesque bridge arch. In the restoration of 1907 the battlements were added.

The Roman Arch of Caparra in the ancient city of Caparra (Caceres), is located in the Roman Via de la Plata. The arch has four gates, each facing a cardinal point. It is the only one of its kind that exists in Spain and it is set on solid pillars of stonework.

The Arch of the Gigantes, in Antequera (Malaga), dates from 1585. The semicircular arch and elongated stone voussoirs feature a relief with a vase of lilies, a lion and a castle, heraldic features of the city.

The Puerta de Toledo, in Madrid was built in the early 19th century. It is neoclassical, with a semicircular central arch and two side gates with lintels. It was built in honour of King Ferdinand VII in commemoration of the Spanish independence victory against the French.

The Roman Arch of Medinaceli is located in Medinaceli (Soria) and was built in late 1st century as a Roman triumphal arch that gave way into the city. It consists of a central arch for the passage of carriages and one on either side for pedestrians.

The Arch of the Capuchinos, also known as the Gate of Charles III, stands in Andújar (Jaén) and was built in 1786 after Charles III. It has a central semicircular arch and two lateral trabeated ones half the height of centre one.

The Puerta de Castilla, in Tolosa (Guipuzcoa) dates from the 18th century and stands in the original setting as one of the five gates that gave access to the old walled city. It is of Neoclassical style and has remained a one-arch gate.

The Roman Arch of Cabanes, in the town of Cabanes (Castellon), was built in the 2nd century as a Roman triumphal arch along the Via Augusta. It features the two pillars and the arch, measuring 5.80 meters high and about 7 meters wide.

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