Porta San Matteo, San Gimignano

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    Porta San Matteo

    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 25, 2013

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    The imposing Porta San Matteo is massive stone made construction which leads steeply downwards to the Public Fountains. As all other town gates, it has very characteristic construction on its top which served to defend the soldiers who guarded the entrance into the town.
    Porta was the integral part of the Medieval city walls but also, the weakest point in the defense system and has always been exposed to the fiercest attacks of invaders. Poorly defined gates were easily conquerable target.

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    by MM212 Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    Porta San Matteo

    Located at the northern end of San Gimignano, Porta San Matteo is another important gate in the 13th century fortified wall. The imposing structure, typical of Tuscany, was built in 1262 and led into Via San Matteo, the main street north of Piazza del Duomo in San Gimignano. Via Francigena, which brought pilgrims all the way from Canterbury, England to Rome met San Gimignano at Porta San Matteo.

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    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 12, 2006

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    At the end of Via San Matteo there is the Porta di San Matteo built in 1262 in a Senese style.

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    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 12, 2006

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    At the end of Via San Matteo there is the Porta di San Matteo built in 1262 in a Senese style.

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