Monumental Arches and Gates new stamp booklet from Spain

Monumental Arches and Gates new stamp booklet from Spain

The issue Monumental Arches and Gates by Spanish Correos comprises a booklet with eight self-adhesive class A stamps for sending standard letters in Spain.

The Arco de la Malena in Tarancon, Cuenca, is the gateway to the old walled town. The round arch has an octagonal tower on either side. It was built using large ashlar stones for the keystones and corners and masonry for the remaining facades.

The Puerta de la Finca Mirallesgate in Barcelona was built in the modernist style by Gaudi between 1901 and 1902. The architect designed the enclosing wall and entrance gate to the estate, but not the house. The wall curves in waves and is made of ceramic brick. The gate is a large, petal arch crowned by a cast iron cross. It was declared a site of Cultural Interest in 1969.

The Puerta de San Gines in Miranda del Castanar, Salamanca, is Gothic in style. It is the most usual way of entering the walled part of the town, which retains its mediaeval layout and houses displaying coats of arms. The town stands in the Sierra de Francia mountains and was declared a site of Historical and Artistic Interest in 1973.

The Arco de Villalar in Baeza, Jaen, is an arch built to commemorate the battle of Villalar in the province of Valladolid in 1521, when the royal army overcame the Comuneros (communities) of Castile. The Puerta de Jaen, rebuilt in 1526, stands next to it.

TheArco de la Estrella in Caceres dates from the 15th century and is the entrance to the old town from the Plaza Mayor main square. It was re-modelled by Manuel de Lara y Churriguera in 1726. The outer façade is topped by the coat of arms of Caceres, and the inner by a statue of Nuestra Senora de la Estrella.

TheArco de San Benito in Sahagun, Leon, was built in 1662 and is the town's most emblematic monument. The wealth of decoration in its heraldry, statues and inscriptions is outstanding. The civil engineer, Eduardo Saavedra, designed the layout of the main road under it as a triumphal arch.

The Puertadel Puente in Cordoba was started in the mid-16th century to celebrate king Philip II's visit to the city. It consists of three large bodies; the central one is topped by a circular pediment and the two side ones have Doric columns.

The Puerta de San Lorenzoin Laredo, Cantabria, is part of the extension to the mediaeval wall. It consists of a large, low archway which was closed by a vertical gate. The upper part housed a permanent defence guard.

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