The Laurence’s Gate is a 13th century construction located in the town of Drogheda. It is one of the last remnants of the city’s ancient fortifications. Classified as a national monument, it is one of Drogheda’s must-see sites and is in itself a true testimony to its medieval history!
The Laurence’s Gate is in truth a barbican: it is a fortified place dating from the Middle Ages and protecting a strategic passage, such as the entrance to a city for example.
The construction, would have been raised in the 13th century to better protect the surroundings of Drogheda. This also explains the high height of the barbican, whose clear view from the top made it easier at the time to monitor the surroundings of the town, in order to warn of possible assailants.
From an architectural point of view, Laurence’s Gate consists of 2 crenellated towers, each one rising on 4 floors. The building is crossed from one side to the other by a passage, which was highly controlled at the time. A few loopholes also allowed the garrisons on duty to keep an eye on individuals approaching the barbican without being seen.
Nowadays, the passageway through the building has been converted into a road for cars. So don’t be surprised if many cars cross the barbican every day!
The only downside: the building is closed to visitors… So you can only admire it from the outside…