At the site of the King’s Gates there were formerly the Neue Sorge Gates (“New Worry”) built in 1626, and later the Gumbinnen Gates built in 1765. The name King’s was officially given to the Gates in 1811 in honour of solemn royal visits to the Devau parade ground, the way to which led through those gates.

On the 30th of August, 1843 in the presence of the king Friedrich Wilhelm IV there was laid a stone into the foundation of the new gates. When the work was finished, the gates were included into the fortification line of the Grollmann- front.

King’s Gates (Kaliningrad)
King’s Gates (Kaliningrad)/ Gl0ck / Shutterstock.com

The gates were erected in the Roman neo-Gothic style. They consist of a red-bricked rectangular building with massive counterforts on sides. Originally the gates had only one portal with an entry 4,5 m wide, through which carts and passers-by could enter the city. In 1875 they started to use first northern, then southern casemates for passers-by. Due to increased traffic in the XXth century ramparts from both sides of the gates were demolished, and roads were made from all the four sides of the gates

The city (inner) side of the gates became a real façade, with the display divided into three parts. In three recesses on three stands stand three statues made by an outstanding sculptor Wilhelm Ludwig Stürmer: on the left – Bohemian (Czech) King Ottokar II, an ally of German Crusaders; in the center – the first Prussian king Friedrich I; on the right – Duke Albrecht. The project of the façade was developed by the Chief Privy Councillor on construction, Friedrich August Stüler.

With time the gates became a wonderful unique decoration of the city. During the last war the gates were badly destroyed; however the heads of the statues left in the ruins were broken later. Up to 2005 the once decent King’s Gates were left standing in the city in a pitiful and shabby state. Finally, in spring 2005 a decision was taken on restoration of the gates on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the city. The restoration was performed with great financial investments within only a few months, and on the 2nd of July, 2005 began the anniversary celebrations in the presence of Putin, Schröder, Chirac and crowds of people. Currently there is a Museum of the Grand Embassy of Peter I in the gates.

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