|The Renaissance city walls|
There have always been city walls in the city of Eivissa, in the classic period and in mediaeval texts they are described as strong and powerful, but after the 15th century, they were no longer useful for defending the city in the face of modern weapons and in 1555, Carlos I and Felipe II promoted their renovation and fortification.
The project was designed by the engineer Giovanni Battista Calvi, and initially six bastions were constructed following the perimeter of the existing mediaeval fortification. Calvi left the island and in 1575, the Crown engineer, Jacobo Paleazzo Fratin, took over responsibility for the work. He modified the original project as a district had grown up outside the city walls on El Puig de Santa Llúcia, and he considered it would be wise to protect it. So he redirected the Sant Joan bastion and constructed a new one, that of Santa Llúcia, and opened the main entrance to the fort in the part that joined the two bastions: Porta del Mar or Porta de ses Taules.
This huge main entrance is flanked by two Roman statues and above the entrance arch there is a large commemorative stone plaque with the arms of Felipe II, the city shield and an inscription which gives the date 1585, a year that does not correspond to the completion of the site, as during the last decade of the 16th century, work continued, this time directed by the engineer, Antonio Saura.