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Hand-carved wooden gate in Imecsfalva, Szekely Land, Transsylvania

A monumental gate of the Great Mosque of Kairouan also known as the Mosque of Uqba, in Kairouan, Tunisia.

A gate or gateway is a point of entry to a space enclosed by walls, or a moderately sized opening in some sort of fence. Gates may prevent or control the entry or exit of individuals, or they may be merely decorative. Other terms for gate include yett and port. The word derives from the old Norse "gata", meaning road or path, and originally referred to the gap in the wall or fence, rather than the barrier which closed it.

A gate may have a latch to keep it from swinging and a lock for security. Larger gates can be used for a whole building, such as a castle or fortified town, or the actual doors that block entry through the gatehouse. Today, many gate doors are opened by an automated gate operator.


Types of gates include:

  • Baby gate
  • City gate
  • Hampshire gate
  • Kissing gate
  • Lych gate
  • architecture, Japanese gates of many varieties including the Torii
  • Turnstile
  • automatic gate
  • Watergate


See also

  • Bab (Gateway)
  • Barrier
  • Border
  • Doorway
  • Gatehouse
  • Gate tower
  • Gateway
  • Gopuram
  • Leave the gate as you found it
  • Portcullis
  • Threshold (disambiguation)
  • Triumphal arch

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