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Dalt Vila is the name by which the upper part of the historical nucleus of the city of Ibiza, capital of the island of Ibiza, is known. Since 1999 it has been registered, along with other cultural and natural assets, as Unesco World Heritage with the title Ibiza, biodiversity and culture.

From the Plaza de la Universidad you can enjoy breathtaking views, as well as between the openings in the bastions and its esplanades. The old walls of the city, from the sixteenth century in the time of Charles V, built to protect it from attacks by the Turks, took forty years to build. The walled enclosure has the shape of an irregular heptagon and in each of the vertices there is a defensive bulwark. There are several accesses in the area normally in the form of doors, except for the Soto passage. The main door, which we access from the Old Market, is called Portal de ses Taules. It is flanked by two Roman statues and protected by a drawbridge.

The space occupied by Dalt Vila is about seventy thousand square meters. From the street of Sant Josep the suburb develops, in which the defensive strategy was "house-wall", that is to say, that the same rear part of the houses constituted its protection. From the first half of the sixteenth century the suburb had for its defense two circular towers and a moat.

Both the ancient city of Ibiza, of Phoenician origin, and the later medieval village, were a key point in the Mediterranean crossings, hence the need for fortifications for their defense. The current image of the walled historic center has been configured since medieval and Renaissance times.

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Dalt Vila es el nombre con el que se conoce a la parte alta del ncleo histrico de la ciudad de Ibiza, capital de la isla de Ibiza. Desde el ao 1999 est inscrita, junto con otros bienes culturales y naturales, como Patrimonio Mundial de la Unesco con el ttulo Ibiza, biodiversidad y cultura.

Desde la plaza de la Universidad se disfruta de unas vistas impresionantes, al igual que entre las aperturas en los baluartes y sus explanadas. Las antiguas murallas de la ciudad, del siglo XVI en poca de Carlos V, construidas con el fin de protegerla de los ataques de los turcos, tardaron cuarenta aos en edificarse. El recinto amurallado tiene forma de heptgono irregular y en cada uno de los vrtices hay un baluarte defensivo. Existen varios accesos en el recinto normalmente en forma de puertas, salvo el pasadizo des Soto. La puerta principal, a la qu accedemos desde el Mercado Viejo, se denomina Portal de ses Taules. Est flanqueada por dos estatuas romanas y protegida por un puente levadizo.

El espacio ocupado por Dalt Vila es de cerca de setenta mil metros cuadrados. A partir de la calle de Sant Josep se desarrolla el arrabal, en el cual la estrategia defensiva era casa-muro, es decir, que la misma parte trasera de las casas constitua su proteccin. Desde la primera mitad del siglo XVI el arrabal cont para su defensa con dos torres de base circular y un foso.

Tanto la ciudad antigua de Ibiza, de origen fenicio, como la posterior villa medieval, fueron un punto clave en las travesas mediterrneas, de aqu la necesidad de fortificaciones para su defensa. La actual imagen del centro histrico amurallado se ha ido configurando desde las pocas medieval y renacentista.

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