The Turret of the City Gate is located inside the old city of Silves, the stairs, next to the red structure were added at a later date

The Turret of the City Gate is located inside the old city of Silves, the stairs, next to the red structure were added at a later date

In Portuguese, this city gate is known as Torrećo da Porta da Cidade - it is only one of the four surviving doorways to the old Muslim medina

In Portuguese, this city gate is known as Torrećo da Porta da Cidade - it is only one of the four surviving doorways to the old Muslim medina

This is the inner arch of the al-Medina door - this arch would provide access to the upper parts of the city, including it's main mosque and castle in the past

This is the inner arch of the al-Medina door - this arch would provide access to the upper parts of the city, including it's main mosque and castle in the past

Another look at the inner arch of the City Gate - this door was built around 12th or 13th century

Another look at the inner arch of the City Gate - this door was built around 12th or 13th century

Standing under the roof of the City Gate and looking out to the upper parts of the city

Standing under the roof of the City Gate and looking out to the upper parts of the city

A second entrance provides access to the lower parts of the city - there is a strong possibility that this access was opened at a later stage

A second entrance provides access to the lower parts of the city - there is a strong possibility that this access was opened at a later stage

The stones which are used on the floor of the City Gate were extremely slippery due to high usage

The stones which are used on the floor of the City Gate were extremely slippery due to high usage

Ceiling of the City Gate - the construction style of this gate is similar to those one in Morocco

Ceiling of the City Gate - the construction style of this gate is similar to those one in Morocco

A corner of the gate where two arches meet

A corner of the gate where two arches meet

An elderly couple is passing under the arch of the City Gate from outside - here huge size of this structure can be seen

An elderly couple is passing under the arch of the City Gate from outside - here huge size of this structure can be seen

Stairs provide access to the upper areas of the City Gate

Stairs provide access to the upper areas of the City Gate

The building was constructed by using the red sandstone - same goes for the Castle of Silves

The building was constructed by using the red sandstone - same goes for the Castle of Silves

My understanding was that upper part of this building was being used as the Municipal Library but this sign says university

My understanding was that upper part of this building was being used as the Municipal Library but this sign says university

A small square in front of the City Gate, in the distance, red defensive wall can be seen

A small square in front of the City Gate, in the distance, red defensive wall can be seen

Looking at the rooftops of Silves from the upper part of the gate

Looking at the rooftops of Silves from the upper part of the gate

It was a hot day and most people were sitting inside cafes

It was a hot day and most people were sitting inside cafes

A pillory stand in front of the City Gate - this stone monument has been rebuilt from 16th century remains

A pillory stand in front of the City Gate - this stone monument has been rebuilt from 16th century remains

Pillory was used to tie the criminals to it, so they can be used as a example to deter people from crimes

Pillory was used to tie the criminals to it, so they can be used as a example to deter people from crimes

A side view of the City Gate - this magnificently tall structure has seen many centuries but still stands very strong

A side view of the City Gate - this magnificently tall structure has seen many centuries but still stands very strong

This gate looks like that someone had just planted it for fun but in reality it is a Muslim past of Portugal

This gate looks like that someone had just planted it for fun but in reality it is a Muslim past of Portugal

This photo was taken from the back of the museum (next to the City Gate) and it shows a stork's nest on the top

This photo was taken from the back of the museum (next to the City Gate) and it shows a stork's nest on the top

Myself sitting in the shade of the City Gate and waiting for my lunch

Myself sitting in the shade of the City Gate and waiting for my lunch