The Great Town Gate is located in the immediate vicinity of the Church of St Fosca. In the Middle Ages and the Modern Period, it was the central entrance into the town. The only constructed road in the Vrsar area stretched through it towards the foot of the Vrsar hill. The Great Gate belongs to the Vrsar fortification system. It was built in the Middle Ages, has Romanesque characteristics, and assumed today’s (final) form in the second half of the 18th century, when the Venetians placed their heraldic insignia above it. The town gate would close at 7 p.m. in winter and at 8 p.m. in summer, remaining closed until dawn. The wooden gate barring entry into the town has not been preserved.
The following are the legal provisions mentioning the town gates of 1609:
Since the gates of settlements and areas are built not only to facilitate entry and exit from those settlements and areas, but also because, especially at night, when they are closed, they contribute to the safety of the population, and sometimes, when deemed necessary for reasons of guarding and defence, it is ordered that the two gates of this Vrsar Castle are to be repaired as soon as possible and maintained in a good conditions so that no people or animals can come through them except when they are open, and in evenings, immediately after the bell tolls Hail Mary, let the municipal stable master lock them with secure keys that must, when we are in Vrsar, or when our vicar is present here, be brought to the Castle every evening, and at dawn they will be returned to him so that he may open the said gates for the safety and pleasure of all.
Particularly for the purpose of keeping the gates closed at night, so that nothing out of ordinary may happen, we order the stable master, under pain of ban from office, three lashes with a whip, and one month of incarceration, never to open the said gates for anyone after they have been closed without an express consent of our vicar, and in our absence and [absence] of that vicar, [without the pass] of the gastald in whose house we wish the keys to be kept in such a case, and in his absence, in the house of one of the judges.
We therefore order that, among other things, no one, regardless of the status, shall dare leave or let leave waste of any kind [on them], both within the Vrsar Castle and without the [town] gate, including around the walls, and further from them on the public roads, but rather, the waste should be taken to a place where it are of no hindrance, as above, under pain of penalty for all who act contrary, beside removing them at their own expense, of eight liras for each person and every time, one half of the sum to be given to the accuser, and the rest according to our discretion.