Fortified gateway

A fortified gateway is an element of a variety of fortified structures, such as a castle or walled town. Fortified gates or gateways appear in the Bronze Age and reach into the modern times.

City gateEdit



The Severin Gate in Cologne

In German, a "Torburg", lit. "gate castle", is a relatively autonomous and heavily fortified gateway of a castle or town. Medieval castle gateways of this type usually have additional fortifications in front of them. A common form is the tower gateway (German: Turmtorburg); a variant is the bastion gateway (German: Halbrundturmtorburg). They are common in Europe.

Examples in EuropeEdit


Château du Sou in Lacenas


Fortified gateway of Seeburg Palace
Porta Nigra in Trier
Marching Gate (double gate castle) in Aachen

Romania (Transylvania)Edit

United KingdomEdit

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