Step Back In Time
Exploring the popular entrance of the old town commonly known as Pile Gate will snap you back to the 15th century. In order to prevent intruders from accessing the wall city, a wooden drawbridge at the gate was heaved up every night. The wooden drawbridge was replaced with stone later in the years. Visitors walk through the Stonebridge decorated with a renaissance arch leading to the old city.
One of the things you will see as you walk through Pile Gate is a beautiful statue of St. Blaise who was the city patron. It is located in a niche in the arch. The statue was carved by a famous Croatian artist known as Ivan Mestrovic.
Another exciting thing to see as you walk through the bridge is a pleasant garden in the old dry moat. Once you pass through the gate, you will come across stairs and a ramp leading down to an inner gate. The gate door dates back to 1460. Seeing something as old as the 14th century is what visiting the pile gate rewards you with and becomes a memory for your holiday at Dubrovnik.
Further steps through the Gothic arch will leave you in awe as you are struck by the gorgeous view of the strident which is the main pedestrian promenade. This is the main street in the Dubrovnik city and happens to be the widest and divides the city into two halves. It is covered with limestone paving stones whose wearing out can clearly tell the number of foot traffic that has passed there over the hundred years. Along the street are many shops and restaurants where you can shop something to eat or drink.