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Lovely old gate, just along from the cathedral

Lovely old gate, just along from the cathedral, and easy to miss it by going along the main routes... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
David M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
It’s on the main routes to everywhere

You keep coming across this gateway as you travel around Palermo. It’s on the main routes to... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

Lovely old gate, just along from the cathedral, and easy to miss it by going along the main routes. Make sure you look at both sides as the other side, away from the cathedral, is also worth a look.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David M
Reviewed 5 October 2018

You keep coming across this gateway as you travel around Palermo. It’s on the main routes to everywhere. It depicts four Moors defeated in a past era; their defeat is shown by two having their arms tied across their chests and the two more unfortunate...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 6 July 2018

This gate dates to 1583 and replaced an earlier gate known as Porta dell'Aquila. It was built to celebrate the victory of Charles V's conquest of Tunis in 1535 and his subsequent visit to Sicily, the Palermo Senate decreeing that a more grandiose structure was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Dan L
Reviewed 30 June 2018

This ancient arch will be one of the first things you will see when entering Palermo. Close to the markets as well.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

It was built in the 15th c. to celebrate Charles V's into the city. Gigantic male figures are sculpted in the front.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

If you are travelling around this is nothing too impressive as is just one of the hystorical construction.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

But not something that I would go very far out of my way to see, just happened to be passing whilst walking 'along the prom' - a particularly British pass-time.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank George S
Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

You can imagine yourself traveling back in time and getting ready to enter a city of importance. The detail and craftsmanship are unbelievable. It looks like it may have been the main gate to a fortified city. Worth seeing

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank MSgtA
Reviewed 29 November 2017

The Porta is interesting due to the sculptures on either side of the outside entrance. They show captives in chains or with their arms removed. This commemorates the defeat of the Moors in Tunis by Charles V about 1530 or so. The gate commemorates his...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Bear H
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Its an archway, but they call it a gate. Its big but its just an archway. There are several others that no one bothers mentioning, so not sure what's so special about this one

Date of experience: November 2017
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