In the bad old days, it was advisable to have your city defended by a sturdy set of walls, particularly if you were an affluent city like Gdansk, in order to defend against regular attack from envious neighbours. Gateways were needed at various points to allow people and goods in and out and some of these became grand structures in their own right, each with a name and their own story.Today the vast majority of the city walls have disappeared (you can still see remains on Podwale Staromiejskie) but a number of the gates survived WWII in one state or another and many were completely rebuilt. Some have been restored to their full, glittery glory, others stand on the periphery, derelict and deserted, their function long since forgotten. Some, such as the Golden Gate, Green Gate and Upland Gate are mentioned elsewhere in this guide. Others however remain less well-known. Here’s a few of our favourites.