Bab-al-Mardum or Valmardon Gate

The door of Valmardón was one of those that allowed access to the Islamic part of the city of Toledo. Its Muslim name indicates that it was walled up for some time, as the nearby Puerta del Sol was used as the main way, being more accessible and less steep.

Its oldest remains date back to around the IX and X Century, although the first documents that mention it are from a later date. The loss of its defensive value meant the disappearance of the upper room and its early towers, possibly from as early as the XV Century. At that time it was known as the Puerta del Mayordomo or Puerta de la Cruz and the magistrate of the city lived there. It was also a prison and had other functions.

The Catholic Monarchs granted it to Pedro Lasso de Castilla. It remained in the power of his descendants, the Mendoza family, until as late as the XVIII Century. Later it was used by the hospital of San Lázaro to care for ringworm, leprosy and scabies. From the end of the XIX Century it has been used as a private home.

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Access through these doors had to be made through both horseshoe arches, which were later altered so as to be pointed arches. Above these is the upper section that was used as accommodation, distinguished externally by the traditional Toledo bonding. Some blind gaps and a window give some clues to its changes in use.

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