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City gates

  1. 1. Zadar city gatesThe city walls have had several entrances knockedthrough them at more confident points in Zadarshistory. Some of them were walled up for good, butfour remain as the vital link between the town withinthe walls and the sea outside them. The Venetians built the Land Gate – 1
  2. 2. then the main entrance into the city - on the littleFoša harbour in 1543. Its considered one of thefinest monuments of the Venetian rule in Dalmatia,and has the form of a triumphal arch with a centralpassage for wheeled traffic, and two smaller sidearches for pedestrians.Its decorated with motifs such as St Chrysogonus(Zadars main patron saint) on his horse, and theShield of St Mark (the coat of arms of the Republic ofVenice). Previously, the area had been highlydefensive, with a surrounding moat.Between the ferryport and market is the HarbourGate (also known as St Chrysogonus Gate, becauseof its proximity to the church of the same name), built 2
  3. 3. in 1573 to celebrate the victory of the Christian fleetover the Turks at Lepanto.Near the bridge on the north side is the neo-Renaissance Bridge Gate, knocked through by theItalians only 70 years ago, and leading directly toNarodni trg and the Kalelarga.Further west, by the old Arsenal, is the fourth andsmallest gate, named after St Rocco, connecting the 3
  4. 4. Three Wells Square with the harbourarea. 4

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