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“Dramatic Entrance to Barrio Historico” 5 of 5 stars
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Puerta de la Ciudadela
Barrio Historico, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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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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“Dramatic Entrance to Barrio Historico”
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 for your "photo op" of the gate is a good idea. I was able to take a picture sans tourists but I really liked the one with the schoolchildren on the drawbridge.

Visited November 2013
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“Hard to miss...”
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.

Visited November 2013
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“Portal into the timelessness of this amazing town.....”
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 a fantastic memory to take back home with you – we did and it was worth stalling behind or better still return and take in the gate from the other side too!

Enjoy your experience!

Visited February 2013
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“A grand entrance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Well worth a visit when you are in the old city. This grand gate was inaugurated in 1745 and with it`s huge walls will give you glimpse into what the city must have looked like many years ago. Great photo opportunities here.

Visited November 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

its a great spot to take a picture and it's the place to start walking through the historic neighborhood.

Visited March 2013
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