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Las Cavas

The most widespread theory explains that in the Middle Ages, when the town was surrounded by a wall, the area between the Moors and closed doors was completely flat, so we had to dig a large pit or mine defense to prevent incursions. These were used by both Arabs and Christians to enter and leave the city without using the doors.
La Cava Baja was a moat to keep out the criminals, however, the Cava Alta was never a moat, but acquired the name because it is parallel to this.
Now, the wineries are fully or partially filled with restaurants, taverns, bars, and even some hotels.
It was once called Cava Baja and Cava Alta in San Francisco because they had access to the Convent of San Francisco.
They are located between Humilladero Street, the street of Toledo, ranging from square closed doors.

Calle Cava Alta

La Cava Alta is named after the parallel street called Cava Baja, is given the name Cava Alta because it lies above the Cava Baja.
Goes directly to the Convent (or Basilica) From San Francisco el Grande. It street has many bars and taverns, while hotels.
It is one of the oldest streets of Madrid, as the Cava Baja.
It was never a moat, but it was a street parallel to Cava Baja pit, so when the gap disappeared and then turned it into the moat, was called Cava Alta.

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