Zeljezna Vrata
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom179,637 contributions
    Western Gate of the Old Town
    The Željezna Vrata is also known as the Iron Gate, the western gate of the old town of Split and one of the four principal gates for Diocletian’s Palace. The gate is large, but nothing like on the scale of the northern gate, so clearly intended as a secondary gate back in the day. So much so that the gate is on a narrow street and quite easy to miss, especially if it’s busy. The most notable features of the gate are the entrance with a large barrel vault, and three levels of the wall, each with an arch.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia4,732 contributions
    Nice old gate under a clock / bell tower.
    I had to double check what I was looking at was actually the Western gate / Iron gate / Zeljezna Vrata and it was. It was a bit more hidden than other 3 gates which were the entrances to the Diocletian's palace. It has a barrel vault and also above it is an old clock /bell tower with a lovely face. Check out all four of the gates as they are all part of the cities history.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,112 contributions
    One of the four principal Roman gates into the stari grad
    The Iron Gate or "the Western Gate or Roman Porta Occidentalis ", is one of the four principal Roman gates into the stari grad (old town) of Split that was once Diocletian's Palace. It is the entrance that was always in use throughout the centuries. The entrance was called free doors or Porta Franche in medieval times as they were only doors that didn’t close after the city developed to the west. Originally a military gate from which troops entered the complex, the gate is the only one to have remained in continuous use to the present day. After the expansion of the city from the palace to the west, the Iron Gate remained in operation as a city gate with a guard house. The Romanesque bell tower partially concealed the left side of the gate, and on the right is the palace of the family Cipriani Benedetti, decorated with two unique six-sided windows. In later years, a Bazaar of small shops operated well into the 20th century.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Surrounding Diocletian's Palace, there are four gates. Zeljezna Vrata is the West Gate, often called the Iron Gate, and has with it an adjoined eleventh century Clock Tower. Part of excellent Old Town in Split.
Written August 7, 2019
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain11,475 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Iron Gate is one of the main gates to enter.in Diocletian's Palace (the old town) of Split and it is located just next to the clock tower in a narrow street close to Narodni Square. Really it is a nice stone gate and if you can see the clock tower, the gate and the buildings, which surrounds this area, the picture is very nice from the Narodni Square. Very beautiful sightseeing point in the old town.
Written September 27, 2023
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Abovetheclouds
2,431 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Historical. Most people will just walk past. Pay attention and learn. The structure and detail are impressive. Stand back from far and then walk closer.
Written June 6, 2021
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Zeljezna Vrata (a.k.a.The Iron Gate, Porta Ferrea or in Roman times, Porta Occidentalis) is an arched gate in the middle of the west wall of Diocletian's Palace. There were four gates to the Palace, one in each compass direction: Gold (N), Silver (E), Brass (S) and Iron (W). All of the gates were locked at night for security. Roman towns and military camps followed a standard street grid with a main North-South street (the Cardo, which ran from the Golden gate to the Peristyle) intersecting the main East-West street (the Decumanus, running from the East gate to the West (Iron) gate). The ground level has an outer gate about 10m from an inner gate, both integrated with the defensive ramparts (called propugnaculum) of the Palace walls. Allegedly Legionnaires were punished by scourging or stoning outside the Iron Gate. The outer gate has a shallow arch above the main doors, and above that three open arches. Stairs led to a patrol corridor in the upper wall surrounding the Palace. The Roman guard room above the inner gate was later converted into a church originally dedicated to St. Teodora, but later known as the Church of Our Lady of Zvonik (Crkva Gospe od Zvonik). A pre-Romanesque bell tower was added in the 11th century, one of the oldest preserved bell towers on the Adriatic coast. The Iron Gate is now somewhat obscured by the Renaissance-era buildings crowded around it, and opens up to the Pjaca (a.k.a. Narodni trg or Split's National Square) to the west. Split's medieval clock tower is a few meters to the west of the gate, and there are abundant cafes, restaurants, gelato stands and souvenir stalls in the Pjaca. Iron gate is open to the public at all times with no entry fee.
Written February 15, 2019
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Jóna J
Iceland641 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
A historic gate located by the City Clock and bears a lot of historic value. One of the places inside the old town that is worth exploring and learning!
Written April 10, 2018
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Andr3a1o
Zagreb, Croatia1,055 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Just right next to the City Clock. West side of Diocletian's palace.
They used to be the enter to the Diocletian's sulfur spas, but also for the punishment of punished legionates for scourging or stoning.
Written April 7, 2018
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