Gibraltar Jews Gate

Rock Of Gibraltar aerial view

The Pillars of Hercules monument is located here. The views across to Africa are spectacular on a clear day. The famous Mediterranean Steps walk ends or starts here, depending on which way you are going.

This area known as Jews Gate is where the main ticket booths are for entry into the Nature Reserve. It is close to this spot that a very old Jewish cemetery is located. This is also the starting or finishing point (depending on which way you are going) for the Mediterranean Steps walk. The site also contains the main observation post for the bird watching society.

The Pillars of Hercules Monument sits on top of an old battery at jews gate. To the ancient world Gibraltar was known as Mons Calpe. One of the legendary pillars created by Hercules, the boundary of the then known world. This monument is located at the entrance of the Upper Nature Reserve. The views across to Africa are spectacular on a clear day.

Gibraltar based historian William Serfaty has written a fascinating thesis exploring a possible historical origin for the legend of the Pillars of Hercules at the gateway to the Mediterranean, William also explores links between Gibraltar and the ancient city of Carteia.

Click here to read the thesis

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