Monday, December 28, 2009
Famagusta Gate (Nicosia) from the inside.
Above is one of the coats of arms. The Famagusta Gate was built by the Venetians, so it is likely an Italian coat of arms. Hard to make it out...its five roses. Hey, maybe they were bakers....
This was the big portcullis in the middle. Below, I placed my hand to show scale. The cedar which went into making this grating is really big, and of course because it is cedar, it is likely pretty contemporary to the time.
The latch in the middle is really simple.
There are things on the other side...which are attached with nails. The nails are driven through the wood, and cinched over on this side. Square nails...probably hand cut.
The nice stonework....this is the window opening on the left.