Powis Gates, Aberdeen

Powis Gates, Aberdeen

Powis Gates are a set of gate piers in Old Aberdeen. The cylindrical towers were designed by Alexander Fraser with an inspiration from Turkish minarets. The tops of the gates are slate caps with golden orbs and finials. The towers were completed in 1834.

Now a historical landmark, the gates were once the entrance to Powis House. The home was owned by Hugh Fraser Leslie of Powis who owned coffee plantations in Jamaica. The Fraser Leslie Arms can still be seen on the arch.

A shield with a bust of three men rests on the towers. It was placed in honor of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.

Powis Gates are now located on the King's College campus of the University of Aberdeen. The archway of the gates leads to the Crombie-Johnston and King's postgraduate residence halls.

Visitors can view the Powis Gates at any time. There is no cost to tour the gates.

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Sight Name: Powis Gates
Sight Location: Aberdeen, Scotland (See walking tours in Aberdeen)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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