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Puerta de la Ciudadela

Address: Barrio Historico, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks
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Owner description: This drawbridge over a moat was built in 1745 as the only entrance to the city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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704 helpful votes 704 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was once the only access point into the Portuguese fortified town of Colonia del Sacramento. The town was constantly being passed back and forth between Spanish and Portuguese. This is one of the few places where you can see a decent section of the city wall which enclosed the entire site. They were reinforced around 1750 during what is... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

In our rambles, we kind of stumbled upon the wall of the old fort, and followed it along the moat till we came to the Puerta de la Ciudadela, or literally Gate to the little City. after the obligatory photos and running back and forth over the drawbridge, we sank onto one of the conveniently low tree branches nearby for... More

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Goiania, GO
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Well conserved, a nice spot for taking pictures. There are also very clean public restrooms nearby, which adds for the comfort of tourists and dwellers as well. There are plaques with useful information at all attactions.

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Chino Hills
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22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The gate is a place to take a picture for the memory book, because there is nothing else to see once you pass under it. I agree with ichibanwanderer comment: "take your pictures and move on".

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Durban, South Africa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Quaint old world charm, absolutely loved it if you want to get away from the city. A photographers dream. We took a ferry 8:30 am return 4:30 pm via buqubus from ba payment from foreigners only allowed in US dollars or credit cards since 6th dec 2013 and not local currency. Book ferry a day earlier in BA. We had... More

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Somerset
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305 reviews 305 reviews
166 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Interesting in how it fits in to the history of the city but you need a little bit of imagination to appreciate the impact of this gate and the wall that cut off the city from the rest of the world. Take your pictures and move on.

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brecon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I've got to be honest, I like giving positive reviews but there is nothing outstanding about this entrance. It's quaint but in no means grand. It is reasonably old, constructed in 1745, however I just did not find it the least impressive. You can also go to the top of the town wall where there is an old cannon (one!)... More

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Mobile,AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

It is a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal to this historic entrance to the Barrio Historico and great way to begin your visit. You can climb up on the wall once you have gone through the gate to have a nice view over a cannon to the River Platte. I agree that waiting to choose the optimal time... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The town is quite small, the drawbridge and fortress opening are grand and are a nice sight as you venture into the old town.

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Australia
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499 helpful votes 499 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is a portal into the timelessness of this UNESCO town complete with its own wooden drawbridge. As an entryway, this is a dramatic start to your journey through this amazing maze of cobblestone streets, buildings and history. If you are persistent and wait for your turn to take a photo without like-minded visitors, then you will be rewarded with... More

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