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The Gates of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is the most southern city in Croatia and a UNESCO world heritage site. No traffic is allowed in the centre and access will be on foot. Most visitors to Dubrovnik will enter by the western gate, the gothic arch of the Pile Gate (near the bus stop) On the eastern entrance is the Ploče Gate. Set high in the arch of each is Dubrovnik's patron saint - St. Blaise.
The patronage of St. Blaise extends beyond Dubrovnik and Dalmatia. It also covers goitres and whooping cough among others things - no seriously, it does. So, you may rest assured that you will not be afflicted by a whooping cough, or have a goitre spring from your neck while you relax and enjoy the Dalmatian coast. However, you may want to consult the patron saint of venereal diseases if you plan on taking a clothing-optional cruise.
- Historical Travel
At the entrance gate to the Old Town from the west there is a stone bridge within two Gothic arches. That bridge ends at another bridge, wooden drawbridge which used to be pulled up every evening. Above the bridges, over the arch, the statue of city patron St. Blaise (Sv. Vlaho) is set.
"At the entrance gate to the Old Town from the west there is a stone bridge within two Gothic arches, designed by Paskoje Miličević (1471). That bridge ends at another bridge, wooden drawbridge which used to be pulled up every evening. Above the bridges, over the arch, the statue of city patron St. Blaise (Sv. Vlaho) is set."*
- Historical Travel
Pile Gate & the City Walls
The Pile Gate is the western entrance to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. It is part of the city walls that were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. A drawbridge was raised here every night to protect the city, but the gate is now open all the time. The bridge dates from 1537 and crosses a moat which is now a garden. Above the arch is a statue of St. Vlaho (St. Blaise), the patron saint of Dubrovnik.
There is an entrance to the city walls here, which can be walked for a small fee and gives great views of the city. The walls are 1,940 m (6,363 ft) around, reach a height of 25 m (82 ft), and are up to 6 m (20 ft) thick. Hours are 9am-7pm in the summer and 10am-3pm in the winter.
The stone bridge that leads into the Old Town on the western side takes you right through the Pile Gate. Why is there a bridge here? Well, apparently there used to be a moat around the Old Town, but now the bridge just takes you over a small park packed with fruit trees.
The bridge dates to 1471 and was designed by Paskoje Milicevic. It leads into an adjoining passage that connects you to the western end of Stradun. Just above the arch that leads into this passageway is the statue of city patron St. Blaise.
Outside the walls
Most tourists never leave the old city and Dubrovnik's beaches. We found some very nice sights off the tourist map, though, by walking out the Pile gate and heading west down Brsalje street. In the small streets leading down from Brsalje to the water, there are more small churches and historic houses, a fishing pier, and the path to the Lovrjenac fort. This section of town is also home to a big post office and a very helpful tourist office.
Dubrovnik: Pile Gate
The main entrance to the medieval city walls of Stari Grad is the Pile Gate located on the western wall. The Pile gate actually consists of two gates, an outside gate (which you see) and an inside gate (which you don't see). And to get inside these walls, you can only be a pedestrian as motorists aren't allowed access.
- Family Travel
the pile gate
The Pile gate is one of the two city gates facing to Lapad area of the city. To be precise it's the outer gate from where the ancient drawbridge was raised every day at nightfall to protect the buildings within the town walls. All around it, there was a large moat.
The drawbrige - today, is a walkway, and the door is no longer closed anymore - so one can enjoy the nightlife.
Take a look at the door before paassing through: you'll see a niche with a statue of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of the town
Entering the Old Town via Pile Gate
The coolest part about Dubrovnik was entering the Old Town via the Pile Gate. There are a number of declining platforms that lead past restaurants and shops and lead into the main street of the old town. It's really awesome, probably cause it was my first Croatian city, but still good.
- Adventure Travel
Walk over the medieval stone bridge, go through the Pile gate guarded by Dubrovnik’s patron saint Blaise, and enter the old world.
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Gates of Pile
The old town is encircled with monumental 1 940 meter long walls. On the mainlide side it is 4 - 6 meters wide and on the sea side it is 1.5 - 3 meters wide.
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