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Pile Gate is one of the two entrances to the Old City of Dubrovnik. The word Pile derives from Greek word pilai, meaning the door. Through this Gate, the French army led by Napoleon entered Ragusa 1806. Soon after, the Republic was abolished.
The City is entered through the double city gates housing the stone statue of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. A stone bridge and a wooden drawbridge, which used to be raised in the night to prevent intruders from entering the city, lead to the outer gate of a Renaissance semi-circular tower.
As you cross the bridge and enter the first door you may notice weights and a winch on the side, which were used to lower and raise the drawbridge. Passing through the inner gate with a Gothic arch and the statue of St. Blaise, the work of Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, one enters the main street Placa (Stradun).
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