Gates of Pile, Dubrovnik

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    Pile Gate

    by sieffron Written Dec 17, 2004

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    Pile Gate

    "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."*

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    St. Blaise

    by sieffron Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    St. Blaise above Pile Gate

    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.

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    Pile Gate

    by acemj Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    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.

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    Outside the walls

    by travelmad478 Written Dec 14, 2003

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    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.

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    Eat oranges which protrudes from both side of Gate

    by bonaventura Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    Eat the orange from Pile park
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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 ;-)

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    CANNON PROTECTS THE SAINT

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    Saint preserve us, or the cannon will.

    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.

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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 Pile gate and the drawbridge

    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.

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  • Pile Gate & the City Walls

    by grkboiler Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    Pile Gate

    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.

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  • Dubrovnik: Pile Gate

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Jul 18, 2003

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    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.

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    Chat with the guards

    by bonaventura Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    Guards on Pile gate

    If you comming in old town from Pile, you will notice our city guards in traditional red-blue costumes. their role was more serious in middle ages, when Dubrovnik Republic was under many pressures and treats, but anyway, just after great diplomacy, faith and moral of its citizent, even so small with territory, it was never conquired till Napoleon and his cheat in 1806(about it somewhere alse, I promise ;-)
    Today you will pass young guards and see their fancy costumes, do not hesitate to chat with them or take the pic since(following tradition of liberal town), they are not just puppets - they also speak!!!
    Check it out (dont tell I send You LOL )!!!

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    The Pile Gate

    by Gili_S Written Mar 6, 2011

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

    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.

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    the pile gate

    by call_me_rhia Updated Dec 15, 2002

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    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

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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 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 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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