Sue Burke (mount_oregano) wrote,
Sue Burke

Madrid's medieval city wall, and how to find it

In this week's commentary for my translation of the medieval novel Amadis of Gaul, I write about how to see a portion of Madrid's medieval city wall in the basement of a restaurant, and how it got there.

You can read all about it and see a photo here:
(Or in a LiveJournal syndication:

And if you go around the corner to Escalinata Street (Staircase Street, because there is one), you can spot more of the medieval city wall. Here's a photo:

An apartment building was constructed right over the wall, and it incorporates one of the half-barrel guard towers. Look at the lower window, and notice how thick it is. The walls were a meter wide. The ventilation pipes in the window make me think this room might be a kitchen.

It's the only remaining guard tower from the medieval wall, and it's not listed in any tourist guide, but now you know where to go to admire it, if you think it's admirable.

— Sue Burke

Tags: amadis of gaul

  • When 1 = 2

    Last fall, I got on an elevator in Texas with my sister to go up to a clinic for her appointment. The elevator buttons offered a choice of “B 1 2 ”…

  • What's a Spanish SF convention like?

    Here’s my report on XXXI Hispacón/Quartumcón, Spain’s 2013 national SF convention, held in December. The report appears in the e-zine…

  • Machines can translate ... some things

    How good are computer-generated translations? They’re getting better, but I decided to throw something complex at them, a sentence from Lope…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.