The Land Gate (Ravelin)
It is one of the two original gates to enter the city.
original name was Ravelin which means the
demilune lunette - or the bastion in the shape of a crescent.
Land Gate is the second oldest part of the walls after the
Othello tower. The bridge used today to enter the city is
new; before it was constructed, entrance to the city would
be through a cannon emplacement at the side of the gate. The
original gate with a drawbridge was to the left of the entrance
On the front facing the city is an arched passageway. On either
side of the passageway there are frescoes, insignias and a
small church. As a result of excavations made here passageways,
cannon emplacements and interesting sections and galleries
have been uncovered. On the city front of the arched passageway,
underground chambers used as dungeons in the Venetian period
have been discovered.