Northern Gate
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,146 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The Northern Gate is much less impressive than the main Sea Gate into the city; it's mainly just an opening through the walls. So I wouldn't recommend seeking it out just to see it. We did use it once, though, when we were hiking the Ladder of Kotor, and it was a convenient exit point from the city without having to walk all the way around the walls.
Written September 20, 2023
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,350 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Had lunch at the Bastion restaurant which sits adjacent to this somewhat non descript gateway. Have to say it has the least character and is the least memorable of the three gates to the city. It is important as it is strategically located next to the Scurda River and links up with the Ladder of Kotor, the ascending wall terminating at the fortress atop the nearby hill. We passed on climbing the ladder as at our ages (79-80), mobility and stamina aren't exactly our strongpoints!!!!
Written May 5, 2023
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RaduCostea
Cluj-Napoca, Romania277 contributions
Jul 2013
Kotor is a great place considering how the people build the old walls and so on. This gate is part of that surrounding walls and is is very good condition.
Written August 2, 2013
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SteveJacksonnufc
Gateshead, UK11,032 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
We deliberately avoided the Sea Gate and walked around the side of the walls to the north and around the more modern car park to access the Northern Gate as our point of entry. This allows you some great sights of the walls and the rivers running down this northern edge. You may miss this beautiful side of the old town if you enter and exit the walls through the Sea Gate and that would be a travesty. The water running down the edge is crystal clear and with the sun shining the moss is a delightful colour green. It leads straight into the built up compact Old Town and offers the chance here also to climb up onto the walls. It was great entering and immediately being channelled through the small tight walkways and we wound our way through this beautiful town. The Northern gate is a must as it offers something different to the Sea Gate. It was also fairly quiet, and we were off a cruise, so it allowed you a bit of peace as you explore. The views up the side of the mountain above are also excellent. Try entering this way. We still headed through the town and left via the Sea Gate so didn't miss much. Just wish we hadn't stopped so much as being on limited time we would have loved to have spent more time just wandering around Kotor.
Written October 21, 2013
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33traveler2010
Detroit, MI503 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Be sure to check out all of the Gates to the Old City. This one was our favorite. During our visit we asked a local where to eat and they sent us to "Fortuna" a small eatery a few minutes walk from the Old City and across from the Mall. We felt like natives eating at this popular inexpensive restaurant away from the tourist crowd. Ask anyone for directions they all seemed to know it.
Written July 25, 2013
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
The North gate (also called the River Gate) is easy to find: just follow the Surdic River upstream (east) about 150 m from the main old town car park. A short stone pedestrian bridge with defensive platforms on both sides crosses the river to the gate. Upstream, low dams criss-cross the river before the Surdic disappears into a narrow canyon. North gate was rebuilt in 1540 to celebrate the city's successful defense against a 200-ship fleet sent by the Ottoman empire to raid Naples and its holdings on the Adriatic. The fleet admiral was Hajredin Barbarossa (Italian for "red beard" because he had one). The north gate's Renaissance architecture mirrors Kotor's Sea Gate: triangular pediment with medieval seals surmounting an arch flanked by massive stones. Several stone houses and the bell tower of the Church of St.Mary Collegiate appear above the gate. While still on the bridge, looking to the left (east) is a large bastion tying the city wall into the steep limestone hillside. Looking to the right (west) is the massive Bembo Bastion. Walking through the gate, the arched passageway opens onto a small park with a fountain, several tree-shaded benches (much appreciated in hot weather) and nearby cafe. From here you an climb the stairs to Bembo Bastion, peek into the Church of St.Mary Collegiate or wander the narrow medieval streets of Kotor. The entrance to the section of the city wall climbing the hillside to Fortress San Giovanni (St.John) is about 75 m to the east. The North Gate is much less used than the main Sea Gate, so is a (relatively) calm place to relax and catch your breath from the day's exertions. The North Gate (as well as the rest of the city wall) is lit at night, which adds to Kotor's evening ambiance.
Written August 2, 2018
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OntarioTravel3
Toronto, Canada898 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
One can get some beautiful pictures around the North Gate, While walking around there, we came upon some young people coming down a pathway and we asked them where they were coming from. We were told that the path they had just come down was the "Free Shepher's Path." to go up to the Fortress. Of course, we decided to try this, since we like "the path less-travelled." It did take us a little over 45 minutes because we are not young spring chickens. Okay, so here is where you can find this path. Came in on a cruise ship so we entered the town at the Main Gate. made a left and headed towards the North Gate. You will come to a bridge, cross the bridge (if you stand on the bridge to take a picture there will be a cream-colored building behind you. Now after crossing the bridge you will see a little street, make a right. On your left there is a small pastry shop. Walk up that street and keep to the right, there is some sort of parking lot on your left. There is a pathway behind that cream-colored building and here is where your climb begins. When you get to the top you have to go through a somewhat dicey entrance in the fortress wall to get the stunning views of the town. In one of the pictures to the far left of the fortress wall you will see a semi-circular archway that is the entrance. It can only be seen once you are within close range, pictures attached. Well worth the climb!
Written November 17, 2016
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George
Nicosia, Cyprus1,929 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site.[3] It is home to numerous sights, such as the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town (built in 1166), and the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 km (3 mi) directly above the city. Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpijela islets off the coast of Perast are also among the more popular destinations in the vicinity of Kotor.
Written August 10, 2016
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
Most tourists enter the walled Old Town of Kotor through the western gate. It is also called Vrata od Mora or the Sea Gate and is the largest in town. Built in 1555 in renaissance style, it has a vaulted ceiling inside. Graced with cannons just in front of the entrance, two sturdy columns frame the main entrance, the one of the right was used to moor ships. Just above the door the date 21 Nov 1944 refers to when the town was liberated after WW2. As you walk through the arch, on your left is tourist information and on your right a 15thC relief showing Christ with St Triphon on one side and St Bernard on the other.
Written September 11, 2014
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Travel_Bug81
Waterloo, Canada992 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
The Old Town of Kotor has several entrances into the city - the main gate opens up to the port. The Northern gate is at the side. It's one of the nicer entrances surrounded by water and huge stone towers. It's lovely and a great picture opportunity. The only not so nice thing is that the water below sometimes has a bad smell, and one can see things thrown about - it's a shame really.
Written July 30, 2013
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