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    Porta San Zeno is a monumental gate in Verona, located in Piazza Bacanal, about 270 meters from the impressive Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore.



    The gate was designed by the Veronese architect Michele Sanmicheli in 1541, upon returning from his journey in the eastern Mediterranean. Two inscriptions on the front and back of the gate, both dated 1542, suggest that its construction was extremely short, ending in less than a year.

    The gate was one of the two main entry points to the city, along with Porta San Giorgio, for the visitors who came from the Brenner Pass, a mountain pass through the Alps which forms the border between Italy and Austria.



    The gate is inserted in the wall delimited to the north by the Bastion of San Procolo and to the south by the Bastion of San Zeno, and is located near the latter.

    Porta San Zeno has a square plan, with two floors, a large central vaulted entrance and a pavilion roof. The side walkway and the guardroom are located laterally, while other rooms can be found on the upper floor.

    In the past, the gate was equipped with wooden drawbridges, which were lowered onto the permanent masonry bridge that crossed the moat in front.

    The gate resembles a triumphal arch, with a central arch and two square side portals. The facades, of brick and rustic stone, are composed of pilasters in Composite order, friezes and other ornamental elements, such as shields, plaques and medallions.



    Porta San Zeno is located about 2 kilometers away from the Verona Porta Nuova railway station. The closest bus stop, Via Vittime Civili di Guerra, on the bus Lines 32 and 33, is located near the gate. To find the gate on foot, use the map below.

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