The Gates of Ibiza, also known as Puertas de Can Soleil, is a small monument of unknown authorship. It is located in the southern part of Ibiza, in an area called Sant Josep de sa Talaia, in a cove called Cala Llentia next to the Ibiza Stonehenge monument and offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The small monument consists of two doors facing each other, one open and inviting, and the other a large door-frame without a door. Between them lies a small square room measuring three by three meters with no walls and no ceiling that challenges visitors to reimagine how we perceive a room. The doors are decorated with Arabic engravings, some of them symbolizing the goddess Tanit, one of the most important goddesses of Carthaginian mythology.
Tanit was worshiped in many places in the Mediterranean that belonged to the Carthaginian empire. But without a doubt, it was in Ibiza where the worship of Tanit was the most popular and where various temples of worship have been found.
Tanit was the Goddess of love, fertility, life, prosperity, harvest, death and the moon. She was one of the most important goddesses of the Carthaginians, as she defended a sacred island, like Ibiza, from poisonous animals.
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From the Gates of Ibiza, at the right angle, you can see the famous islet of es Vedrá, making this spot an iconic place for photo shoots. It is also a hotspot that is used by social events where people can enjoy the sunset from a different angle.