Queen's Gate, Gibraltar

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Queen's Gate
Part of Fortifications of Gibraltar
Queen's Gate, Gibraltar.jpg
The Queen's Gate in 2012
Queen's Gate is located in Gibraltar
Queen's Gate
Queen's Gate
Coordinates 36°07′56″N 5°20′55″W / 36.132102°N 5.348658°W / 36.132102; -5.348658
Type City gate
Site information
Owner Government of Gibraltar
Site history
Built 1790

Queen's Gate is a city gate in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. A large population of Barbary macaques reside in this area, making it a major tourist attraction.[1][2] Most of the macaques sleep within an area of 9 hectares (22 acres) around the Queen's Gate.[2]

The gate was created by breaching the Charles V Wall in about 1790. The wall itself is much older and was constructed in 1540 at the command of Philip II of Spain.[3] The gate is just above Prince Ferdinand's Battery, now known as Ape's Den. Inglis Way, one of the walks within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, starts at this gate.

During World War II Queen's Gate Battery was the site of two 6 inch guns. These guns could fire over 6,000 yards.[4]


  1. ^ Fa, John E.; Lindburg, Donald G. (30 May 1996). Evolution and Ecology of Macaque Societies. Cambridge University Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-521-41680-1. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Folia Primatologica. S. Karger. 1993. p. 8. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Red plaque on the wall near this gate
  4. ^ Fa & Finlayson (2006). The Fortifications of Gibraltar 1068-1945. Osprey Publishing. p. 36 & 37. ISBN 978-1-84603-016-1. Retrieved 4 June 2013.