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"Pile Gate" Top 5 Page for this destination Dubrovnik Things to Do Tip by pure1942

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Most visitors to Dubrovnik’s Old Town enter through the Pile Gate after first crossing a stone bridge built in 1471 and designed by Paskoje Milicevic. The stone bridge spans a landscaped public area set in what was once a moat which encircled the city walls, adding further protection to the Old Town. (Although gazing up at the impregnable looking city walls, you may wonder at the need for this added layer of protection!!!!) The stone bridge extends to another wooden bridge which operated as a drawbridge, before you enter the Old Town proper through the Pile gate. The gate itself is through a watchtower built into the city walls and there is an inner courtyard which you traverse by ramp or steps before passing through the other side of the tower and into a small square marking the start of Placa (Stradun), the main thoroughfare of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. As you cross the drawbridge look up above the arch and you will notice a relief sculpture of St. Blaise, the city’s patron saint, set into the gate’s watchtower.

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