This was the main gates to the city. Controlling the entrance to Granada and also was a taxation point for traders coming into Granada. This entrance was used as far back as the 9th century but this one was built in 11th century. One of the oldest monuments in the city the Elvira Archway opens onto Calle Elvira, a busy street leading the city centre.
Just behind the archway we can see part of the old city wall from 10th century, part of the Ziri wall. We also spot a tiny little chapel, La Capilla de San Juan de Dios. This chapel of John of God was built in Neo Gothic style in the 15th century. John of God would sell prayer books here, sold to workers passing by this busy road, before heading to his duties at the Hospital nearby (also called San Juan de Dios)