Photographer's Note

The Ecaterina's Gate

Ecaterina's Gate was built in 1559 for defensive purposes. It is the only original city gate to have survived from medieval times. In fact the fairy-tale looking tower is only a part of the original gate; documents talk about the existence of a wooden structure which was demolished in 1827. The original structure can be seen at he Weaver's Bastion where the large model of Brasov in 1600 is displayed.

Old documents mention it also under the name of Porta Valacce,the Vallah's Gate because it was the only entrance for the Romanians living in Schei. They were not allowed to use the other four entrances. During the Saxon rule of the 13th to 17th century Romanians were forbidden from owning property inside the fortress walls and such they settled outside the wall in the neighborhood named Schei. Romanians could only enter the town at certain times and had to pay a toll at the gate for the privilege of selling their produce inside the citadel.
The four small corner turrets (also seen in other Transylvanian towns) symbolize the fact that the town had judicial autonomy, and the "right of sword" (ius gladii) which was the right to decide on capital punishment. Above the entrance the tower bears the city's coat of arms, a crown on a oak tree trunk and roots. The Gate represents a transition in style. Underneath the four symmetrical corner-spires there is a small neo-classical front-piece with an inscription. The Renaissance, which had begun 100 years earlier in Central Europe, was beginning to make its mark in Transylvania.

The gate was in the care of the tailors' guild.


Photo info

Taken on the 16th of December after a long walk through the cold, from a tripod with frozen hands. :)
I hope you enjoy it! I'll post a front view of the gate at a later time!


ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 2 seconds
ApertureValue - F 8.00
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 17 mm
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto

lilimih33, horatiuTT, vero07, johannes68, besnard, nicol_g, atus, cfreire, shevchenko has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 2545
Points: 42
Additional Photos by Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 4 N: 219] (1116)
View More Pictures