City Gate of Savoca

La Porta della città di Savoca, l'antico accesso al borgo
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The City Gate marks the beginning of the visit to the village of Savoca and is one of the ancient entrances to the town. In fact, the Normans had a wall built to demarcate Savoca with two different gates. The first was located at the southern end in the district of San Giovanni and has been lost. The second, at the northern end in the district of San Michele, is the one we can still admire today. It dates back to the 12th century and is characterized by a pointed arch in sandstone. In the Middle Ages, both gates had iron doors that opened at dawn and closed at dusk. Until the 19th century, St. Michael’s Street, the road that passes under the arch, was actually a steep staircase carved into the rock.

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