‘Entrance Gates’ or ‘Main Gates’ are terms that we hear in our daily lives, used as a point of entry to or from a space enclosed by walls. Main gates constructed ages ago truly defined epitome, grandeur and royalty and have been standing tall for many years, attracting spectators from all across the world. In the medieval times, gates were not something that could be seen guarding every house. The royals used gates to protect their castles, or at entrances to provinces or towns. Gradually, even the common people started using gates as safeguards and aesthetic elements of their houses.
Here is a list of a few main gate structures from TATA Steel, which truly define art and architecture and the intrinsic beauty that truly made them “Main Gates from Around the World”.
Versailles Golden Gates, Versailles, France
The ultimate in gilded gates, the Versailles Golden Gates are an exact replica of the original wrought and gold leaf gates that were destroyed more than 200 years ago during the French Revolution. The 80-meter golden gate that stands today is not the original one. Nothing was left of the old one that was destroyed during the French Revolution. The French government decided to build the exact replica of the golden gate. It took two years and 100,000 gold leaves to re-create this grand entrance to Louis XVI’s former palace.
The Golden gate of the Palace of Versailles displays excess opulence of French Royalty.
Wrought Iron Gate of Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, India
The famous memorial has 4 gates, where the north - western Canada Gate being the famous one for entry to the monument for visitors.
The gate was designed by Vincent Esch, the Superintending Architect of the Memorial during its construction, in 1921 and shipped in whole from England, is heavily ornamented iron gates in India.
The Rustic Iron gate is a reminder of the rich history of Kolkata.
Buckingham Palace Gates, London, UK
The wrought iron gates that surround Buckingham Palace have been the monarch's home since 1837.They have become well-known for wrought iron pieces and the gates are covered in regal decoration. The gates are an iconic symbol of the United Kingdom and the British monarchy. Known for its gilded accents and detailed depiction of the royal coat of arms, these regal and imposing gates were completed in 1911 by the Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts.
The epitome of honor, Buckingham Palace, UK.
Habsburg Gate, Budapest, Hungary
This majestic gate outside of Buda Castle in Budapest, is a remnant of the Austrian imperial rule in Hungary. The Habsburg Gate is known for its intricate wrought ironwork and striking statues This Baroque style gate adds grandeur to the castle palace.
The gates to the Austrian Legacy
The Iron Gates of Rasthrapati Bhawan, Delhi, India
The majestic gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan are a work of art in themselves with a width of six metres. There are 26’ wrought iron gates which mark the boundary of the presidential palace as a part of the longer grille that runs from Gate No. 2 on the southern side till the northernmost end of Rashtrapati Bhavan, at an height of 14’. With the motifs of Star of India adorning the Rashtrapati Bhavan Gates and a national emblem which is affixed right at the center, gives an overall impression of an intricate black lace that has floral synthesis.
The wrought iron gate is an example of legacy
History has it that gates have always been a symbol and emblem of royalty, pride, glory, wealth and power. Royal kingdoms did construct mighty and rich gates so asto portray their power and valor, which have now become signs of history, art and architecture. These gates around the world have witnessed tremendous events, of blood and sweat and glory, and now they stand tall , depicting the beautiful chronicles and antiquity that they once witnessed.