It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city and attracts visitors from all around the world who come to admire its beauty and learn about its history.
The Wine Gate was built during the 15th century by Sultan Yusef I as part of his defensive wall surrounding Granada’s Albaicín district. The gate served as an entrance point into this fortified area, allowing access only to those with permission from the sultan himself. This imposing structure stands at over 20 meters tall and consists of two towers connected by an archway made out of brick and stone. The walls are adorned with intricate carvings depicting scenes from Granada’s past, such as battles between Christians and Muslims or historical figures like Queen Isabella I of Castile.
In addition to being a gateway into Granada’s old town, Wine Gate also serves as a reminder of Spain’s turbulent history. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), it was used by Republican forces to defend themselves against attacks from General Franco’s Nationalists army; however, they were eventually defeated after their supplies ran out due to siege warfare tactics employed by Franco’s troops.
Today, Wine Gate remains open for visitors who wish to explore this ancient monument up close or simply take some photos for souvenirs.