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Whoever wishes to go up to the old town from the east will pass through the heavy defensive structure of the Oria Gate, the ancient Porta Aurea, the best preserved feature of the medieval defensive works. Although reduced in height in the Nineteenth Century, the gate tower presents three arches at an acute curve. The two outer ones were occupied by large doors, while the central one had a portcullis in a stone frame. On the outside, modified in 1502, there would have been a drawbridge to cross the moat which then existed.
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