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Gate of Bad Luck

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Gate of Bad Luck


Basic Information

Location Avila, Spain
Country Spain
City Avila
Address Avila, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 40.6556,-4.7053


Alongside the Moses of Leon garden the gate of Bad Luck opens (also called the Cursed or Gypsies' Arch). Its name has given rise to many different theories, one of which relates it directly with the bad luck of the Jews who were forced to leave via this gate by the Catholic Monarchs' decree of expulsion and who chose exile rather than convert to Christianity. In the garden, perfectly aligned with the gate, there is a small monolith recalling the verses of the Zohar, so in keeping with the spirituality of Ávila:

Hay momentos en que las almas que están en el jardín suben y alcanzan la puerta del cielo...

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