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  Pile Gate
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  • Pile Gate - Dubrovnik
      Pile Gate
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  • St Blaise - Dubrovnik
      St Blaise
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Nowadays two gates allow entrance through Dubrovnik's massive walls - the Pile Gate and the Ploce Gate. Once there were four but the others, the Peskarija and the Ponta Gates have long-sice been filled in.

Most visitors enter through the Pile Gate, on the city's western approach. A stone bridge crosses the now-waterless moat (there's gardens here now). A wooden drawbridge comes next before you actually walk through the huge gate. Even then there is a double gate - the outer one built in the mid-16th C and, finally, the inner gate which was built in 1460.
Across the city, the eastern gate, the Ploce Gate, also has two two separate gates - the inner one just 2 metres wide, and a wide, outer gate that leads onto a stone bridge. Niches over both bridges hold statues of the city's patron saint - Sveti Vlaho. St Blaise.

St Blaise - Sveti Vlaho in Croatian - was an early Christian bishop who was martyred in 316AD. He became the patron saint of Dubrovnik in 972 following his appearing in a vision to warn the Rector (the city's elected governor) of an attack the Venetians were planning on the city. The warning gave the city time to prepare and to repel the attack. Following this St Blaise was adopted as the city's patron saint and you will find images of him, usually holding a model of the city in his hand everywhere, most importantly, in his own church, right on the Placa, the city's main square.

The statue over the Ploce Gate is the oldest representation of the saint in Dubrovnik.

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  • Updated Aug 17, 2006
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