Antica Porta San Donato (Old San Donato's Gate), Lucca

Antica Porta San Donato (Old San Donato's Gate), Lucca

The Antica Porta San Donato is a westward gateway in the ancient Walls of Lucca. Located on the left side of today's Piazzale Verdi, the gate was built in 1590 to a design by Matteo Civitali. The architect added to the construction a massive bulwark, since the medieval wall in this part of the city was considered weak.

On the upper sides of the façade there are two marble statues of lions. The outer moat, that is still partially visible, was once fitted with a drawbridge. The fortification had a relatively short service life – only about 50 years, when the city's defensive system was expanded and the new Porta San Donato was built, between 1629 and 1639, leaving the old gate enclosed within the walls.

The old San Donato gate was the site of the very last execution in Italy – beheading by the guillotine – that took place on 29 July 1845. Today, the gate is one of Lucca's most popular attractions and houses the municipal tourist office.
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Antica Porta San Donato (Old San Donato's Gate) on Map

Sight Name: Antica Porta San Donato (Old San Donato's Gate)
Sight Location: Lucca, Italy (See walking tours in Lucca)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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