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Pile Gate

The grand entrance to Dubrovnik's old town, complete with drawbridge and Renaissance arch.

TravelCurious Tip

Try to visit before 10am if you want to beat the crowds.

As the main entrance to Dubrovnik’s historic old town, the Pile Gate is a dramatic initiation to the city for the first time visitor. As you approach, its imposing grey bulk still seems utterly solid and impregnable, even now, almost 500 years after it was constructed.


Keeping out the Raiders

Built in 1537, the Pile Gate was one of the two gates in the city walls leading out towards the mainland. At the time, Dubrovnik was a wealthy, powerful city-state which would have been a ripe target for armies of all colours and stripes, and so its rulers demanded strong fortifications with which they could repel invaders while also allowing the regular passage of traders in and out of the city.


Heavy Defence

To this end, the massive stone Pile Gate was added to an already formidable set of city walls. As you approach it from the outside, you cross a solidly built double-arch bridge, which actually predates the gate by several decades, spanning the broad defensive moat which would once have been filled with water. After that, you will find yourself standing on a wooden drawbridge. During Dubrovnik’s days as a city-state, this was raised every night in a flamboyant ceremony during which the keys would be handed to the rector of the city. Passing inside the main gate, you will reach a smaller wooden gate which dates from 1460. Beyond that you’re through the gate complex, bringing you out onto the famous Stradun, the beautiful main avenue of Dubrovnik’s old town.


Nearby Attractions

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Stradun
Iconic limestone-paved Stradun is the main thoroughfare through Dubrovnik's old town.
St Saviour Church
A plain but fascinating church, one of the few Renaissance survivors of the terrible 1667 earthquake.
Onofrio's Fountains
These lovely 15th century fountains were once vital water sources for the townspeople.
Lovrijenac Fort
Known as 'Dubrovnik's Gibraltar,' this stunning fort is also used as a theatre.
The Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The world's oldest operating Sephardic Synagogue, with a museum telling the story of the Jews of Dubrovnik.
Orlando Column
A 600-year-old column carved in honour of the legendary knight Orlando, who saved Dubrovnik from a siege by Arab pirates in the 8th century.

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Game of Thrones King's Landing (SG)
  • Many scenes from the iconic TV show Game of Thrones were filmed in the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
  • Not only will you uncover the beauty of the depth of Dubrovnik you will discover all of the most popular locations that were used in the filming process. An absolute must for all fans of the show!

Your friendly and personal tour guide will walk you through the streets of the magnificent King's Landing, the very capital of Westeros, and you will be privileged to visit the sites where some of the most popular scenes took places: Battle of the Blackwater Bay, attack on King Joffrey and royal family by angry citizens and the famous Queen Cersei's walk of shame.

Take a look from the fort's impressive vantage point at the fictional Blackwater Bay and imagine the bloody Battle of Blackwater taking place outside of Dubrovnik's old walls.

Would you like to stand in the exact same spot where gruesome King Joffrey was killed at his own wedding?

Littlefinger, Sansa, Tyrion, Varys are just some of the fascinating characters that have walked the beautiful streets of this unique city - and now you can experience it, too.
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