Gates of Pile, Dubrovnik

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    The main entrance

    by jonathanbarker Updated Nov 9, 2014

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    Dubrovnik is a walled city, and has several entry gates, the most famous being the western Pile Gate. The buses all stop outside this gate and most directions given to hotels and attractions start from the Pile gate. As a visitor walks through the gate they are taken back in time to Stradun, the main street of Dubrovnik.

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    Main entrance to old city

    by jlanza29 Updated Nov 17, 2013

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    The Pile Gates are a well-fortified complex with multiple doors, defended by Fort Bokar and the moat that ran around the outside section of the city walls. At the entrance gate to the Old Town, on the western side of the land walls, there is a stone bridge between two Gothic arches, which were designed by the esteemed architect Paskoje Miličević in 1471. That bridge connects to another bridge, a wooden drawbridge which can be pulled up. During the republican era, the wooden drawbridge to the Pila Gate was hoisted each night with considerable pomp in a ceremony which delivered the city's keys to the Ragusan rector. Today, it spans a dry moat whose garden offers respite from crowds. Above the bridges, over the arch of town's principal gateway, there is a statue of city patron Saint Blaise (Croatian: Sveti Vlaho), with a model of the Renaissance city. After passing the Pile Gate's original Gothic inner gateway, it is possible to reach one of a three access points to the city walls.

    The city, and numerous tour buses also pull up here .

    The main entrance to the old city

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    Pile gate

    by xaver Written Oct 31, 2013

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    There was a time when the city of Dubrovnik was locked every night and only catholics could be inside. At that time a downbridge with a statue of St. Biase downlooking at it, was drawn up and the gate of Pile was locked. The bridge with the statue are still intact.

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    Pile Gate

    by Airpunk Written Aug 25, 2013

    This gate has been the main entry gate to the city since the middle ages and is still in use as such. It took ist present form in 1537, the wooden door is almost 100 years older though. The beautiful gatehouse has a drawbridge and the patron siant of the city, St. Blaise (which is a 20th century work), watching over everyone who enters and leaves the city. Behind it, there is a barbican like structure which is now used for the wheelchair ramp. During the cummer season, Pile gate can be a bottleneck - so try to avoid it if possible, especially if there is a cruise ship in town.
    As soon as darkness sets in, two guards in traditional uniforms can be seen standing next to the gates. Maybe their new function is to scare away unruly tourists....

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    The Pile Gates

    by Balam Updated Sep 18, 2012

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    We entered the City through the Magnificent Pile Gate (Vrata od Pila) built in 1471 it once had a wooden drawbridge that was pulled up every night after curfew. There is now a fixed bridge over a dry moat.

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    Pile Gate

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 25, 2011

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    Pile Gate is one of Durbrovnik's Old Town entrances with an inner and outer gate situated on the western side and this leads to the main street of the old town. Pile Gate was built in 1537 to protect the city and was originally accessed via a wooden drawbridge. The drawbridge was usually raised every evening then gate was locked and the key, via a ceremony, was handed to the prince. There are statues of St. Blaise, the city's patron saint which are embedded in the arches of the gates and hand designed by Ivan Mestrovic, a 20th Century Croatian sculptor.

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    The Pile Gate

    by Gili_S Written Mar 6, 2011

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    The Pile Gate is the main entrance to Dubrovnik old city. It is a gate between the high walls with a bridge and stairs that will take you into the city. Expect it to be always very crowded with lots of tourists and many vendors who will try to give you flyers and offer you apartments, restaurants, bars and theatres or just about anything. It is certainly feels here like the “stock market” of Dubrovnik tourist business.

    Even at night it was crowded, but not that bad :)

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    Pile Gate

    by aukahkay Updated Sep 27, 2010

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    The Pile Gate has been the main entrance to the city for centuries. The gate got its present shape in 1537 when the outer semi-circular tower with a Renaissance arch was erected. The approach to the gate is over a stone bridge and a wooden drawbridge suspended by chains. The bridge spanned the protective moat which was dug along with the city walls.

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    CANNON PROTECTS THE SAINT

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    The entrance to the old town with the fortress is something to behold. Above the rampart arch entryway is the tribute to the religious following of Saint Blaise, but I don't believe the christian saying of "turn the other cheek" when you look a little higher and see the large cannon in the opening above the statue of the saint.
    I guess you have to look at it in a different light. The people of the town pray to the saint to protect them and then try to help the saint out, by having the cannon for support.

    Saint preserve us, or the cannon will.
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    Pile Gate

    by tim07 Written Mar 26, 2008

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    This is the main entrance to the old town, it is near here where the buses stop. The stone bridge is from 1537 & it crosses a moat which is now a garden. Above the arched entrance is a small statue of St Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik.

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    The Pile Gate

    by tpk2 Updated May 28, 2007

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    The Pile Gate on the west side of the city walls is the main entrance to the old town of Dubrovnik (Ploce gate on the northern side is the other entrance).

    Entering the the gate, you’ll see the second rampart built against the attacks from land. Finally, going through the second gate, you’ll enter the old town.

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    The Gate of Pile leads you to the Old Town

    by WanderingFinn Written Apr 23, 2007

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    The very old Gate of Pile (in the picture) leads to the inner (Old) town of Dubrovnik.

    Built on the site of the former Pile fortress in the part of the city known as Pile, this westernmost gate to the Old Town is its busiest port of entry, largely because buses from the city and ferry terminals deposit their passengers here.

    A stone bridge leads to the outer gate. The outer Pile Gate was guarded from 1537 on, so the city could monitor trade in and out of the city. The wooden drawbridge leading to it was pulled up at night in an elaborate ceremony. Now, during summer, honorary guards in period costume stand guard mornings as tourists shuffle in for a day of sightseeing. However, the moat has long since been drained and is now just a green space. The interior gate was built in the 15th century and it, too, has its statue of St. Blaise--this one done by the prolific 20th-century Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.

    The Pile gate and the drawbridge
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    Pile Gates

    by nsbm Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    The place is like a medieval set. No shortage of views of the walls, fortress and turrets while you circumnavigate the town

    At the city gate- Pile- near Bokar fortress and thru to Onofrios Fountain piazza you can find the steps to ascend the city walls just on your left as you enter under the city archway of Pile gate
    As you enter look up and you would see the patron St Blasius emblazoned in stone just above the portal across the wooden drawbridge. Minceta Tower rises to your left and Bokar Fortress to your right.

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    Ploce Gate

    by traveloturc Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Ploce Gate, sometimes called " St. Luke's Gate", after the neighbouring church, consists of two separate gates. The inside gate is comparatively small, two metres wide. It was constructed in the Romanesque style. The Asimov Tower rises just above its entrance. Next to this gate there is another one, new, much bigger, built during the Austrian occupation at the end of the last century. The outside gate was build by Simeon della Cava in 1450 and widened at the end of the 19th century. In front of it is a single-spanned stone bridge constructed in 1449 according to the one standing in front of the Pile Gate. By crossing it you reaches the Revelin Fort.

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    Eat oranges which protrudes from both side of Gate

    by bonaventura Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    When you will passing old gate mehanism on Pile Gate(and if guards are in good mood ;-) pick an wild orange(if you comming in winter time, they are there,still on the tree- when you need it most),from the trees which protrudes from both sides of the Gate, or if you comes in other season, pick some leaves and wild orange flower(great tea)!

    While refreshing with orange juice,check small statue with three heads on the portal under the gate-one man with the beard, and two womans!Its very misterious what that statue prezents, and there is a dark story comes from 1602 about one franciscan priest(Jere was his name,son of a tailor) which had love affair with two nuns from St Klara monastery, it finished tragicly, priest was found strangled,and statue was put there for the shame and tuition...
    What!You havent eaten your orange yet?Upss I didnt mentioned that its bitter, good for lemonade only ;-)

    Eat the orange from Pile park Pile Gate-juicy morning Statue with the three heads-dark story Sour oranges and St.Blasius statue
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