Gates can serve more than just the purpose of protecting a building, they can also serve as an extravagant decoration. Flamboyant gates aren’t just for the rich and famous, whether you’re looking for gates for a residential or commercial purpose, there are a lot of options for you to choose, ranging from delicate and intricate to bold and extravagant.
We have seen a pattern with spectacular gates; usually the bigger the building, the more extravagant the gates are. There are lots of gates around the world that are sometimes just as beautiful as the building they are protecting. Here at Portcullis Gates, we’ve picked our top five favourite gates from around the world, and delve a little into what they are protecting.
Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace is one of London’s most spectacular landmarks and it isn’t just the building that impresses. The palace, which was built in the 18th century, is the residence and administrative building for the Queen and it is one of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in the country.
The regal gates complement the beautiful architecture and design of the palace and the mixture of black and gold detailing really adds a sense of regalness to the gates.
Palace of Versailles, France
The Palace of Versailles is a royal château in France which was first built as a hunting lodge by Louis XIII in the 17th century. The magnificent golden gates that surrounds the perimeter of the palace were restored in 2008, as part of a 17-year restoration plan, the original was demolished during the French Revolution.
The 80-metre gate is made of steel and features 100,000 individual gold leaves which were used to try and replicate the original, and this is one of our favourite gates because of the royal choice of colour.
Catherine Palace, Russia
The Catherine Palace in Russia was originally built in the early 18th century as a summer palace for Catherine I of Russia, and later served as the official residence for the Russian Tsars. In 1752, Empress Elizabeth had the palace torn down and rebuilt in a Rococo style. The striking blue and gold facade is what really makes this building even more luxurious.
The famous gates replicate the design and style of building perfectly while also adding a grand entrance to the grounds.
Kensington Palace, London
We take another trip to London for our top five, and Kensington Palace is definitely worthy of a place. The gates, often nicknamed the ‘Golden Gates’, protect the royal residence which is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent as well as Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
The gates are a beautiful mix of black and gold and are usually used for a focal point for mourning, particularly after Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
Halifax Public Gardens, Canada
Not all gates are protecting beautiful royal buildings, some act more as a gateway to a leafy paradise. The Halifax Public Gardens in Canada are a 16 acre oasis in downtown Halifax, which were officially opened in the early 19th century.
The gates really add such a memorable entrance to the gardens. The ornate wrought iron gates, which stand at 16 inches high and 21 inches wide, bear the coat of arms for Halifax. We feel this personal and almost royal addition really helps these gates stand out amongst the flowers and shrubbery of the gardens.