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Main entrance to old city
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 .
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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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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The Pile Gate
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 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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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....
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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