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The walls

The walls of Peñíscola

Equally magnificent are the walls which Felipe II commissioned the important architect of the time, Juan Bautista Antonelli to build between 1576 and 1578. The “Portal Fosc” or the “Portal de Felipe II” is one of the three entrances into the ancient town centre. The “Portal de San Pere”, or “Pope Luna’s” (who commissioned it to be built in 1414) is impressive, in the central part of which the stone crest of Pedro de Luna is shown. This was the access to the fortress from the sea when the waters reached the foot of the wall and the boats were beached at the ramp on the coast.