How good is your knowledge of gates?
In several of our articles on industrial gates we have been through the sensibilities and practicalities of installing or replacing industrial gates with gates more suited to today’s more high-tech world. As a consequence, we thought you might like see which are the five best-known gates in the world, excluding Bill Gates, who we have also mentioned before! Before you scroll down to see all the picture clues, just ask yourself what ga
tes immediately spring to mind.
- The Golden Gate Bridge – so named as it spans the Golden Gate strait separating San Francisco from Marin county. Built in 1937 it is probably the world’s most famous and most photographed bridge, and until 1964 it had the longest span of any suspension bridge in the world. Currently it is used by over 100,000 vehicles every day!
- Not exactly you’re a-typical looking gate, the Brandenburg Gate, it was commissioned in 1788 by commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia. This is without doubt the most historic structure in Germany and has been the focal point of many a major conflict between Germany and other European countries. The monument is perhaps most noted for its symbolism at the end of the Second World War, and also its prominence during the celebrations when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
- Tiananmen –Tiananmen, meaning “Gate of Heavenly Peace” stands at the entrance to the Imperial City, located in China’s capital city, Beijing. Many of you may recognise the name Tiananmen Square as the scene of civil unrest and student protests, culminating in the iconic image broadcast worldwide of “Tank Man” who single-handedly stopped the advance of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989.
- Ishtar Gate – was originally the eighth gate giving access to the inner city of Babylon. It was built in approximately 575 BC on the orders of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city and was dedicated to Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess. It was only in the early 20th century that the original gate was discovered and restored using the original bricks – the reconstructed gate is now on show in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
- Buckingham Palace Gates – having covered gates in other parts of the world, it is only right we end up with a pair of probably the most photographed gates in the world, those which are located at the front of Buckingham Palace. Designed by Walter Gilbert the gates were installed at the beginning of the last century and have become a tourist attraction as well as the best vantage point to witness the Trooping of the Colour – the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
While we can’t promise to make you a pair of industrial gates that will become as famous across the globe as all the ones above have become, what we can assure you of is high quality, excellent design and build, and superb after-sales service. To find out more about our industrial gates services, just give us a call here at our extensive premises in Lydney, Gloucester.