Close the gates! If we have them.
August 12, 2012 3:15 PM Subscribe
Are there any cities that still have effective gates?
posted by Flying Saucer to Society & Culture (38 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
In the old days, cities had gates. They would close them to invaders and open them to...everyone else, I guess. The phrase "enemy at the gates" is still used today.
So do any cities, anywhere in the world, still have gates they could close to keep someone out (or in)? I imagine most cities have outgrown their original gates, so they could close off their historic districts but not their greater metropolitan areas.
I'm not looking for something like the Brandenburg Gate, which used to be the real thing but now is only decorative. I mean real, working gates. Drawbridges and portcullises also accepted.