The Royal Gate (Noto)

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The Royal Gate of Noto (Porta Reale) is a large triumphal arch that marks the beginning of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street of the city. It is also known as Porta Ferdinandea. It was built in honor of King Ferdinand of Borbone and inaugurated on October 5, 1838, on the occasion of the monarch’s visit to Noto. It was the Marquis of Cannicarao, whose noble palace is located in via Cavour, who wanted the construction of the Porta Reale. One of the two coats of arms that can be seen above the arch is that of the family. The other one is the symbol of the city of Noto. The Ferdinandea Gate was designed by the Neapolitan architect Orazio Angelini. The style used is neoclassical with two elegant pilasters with Corinthian capitals. At the top of the Royal Gate of Noto there are three symbolic sculptures. They are: a tower, which symbolizes the strength that the city has shown over the centuries; a dog, which is the symbol of the city’s loyalty to the sovereign; and a pelican, the symbol of self-sacrifice.

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