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Tiit Veermäe
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Monastery Gate and Wall Walkway

I am called the Monastery Gate (Klosterpforte) as well as the Great Monastery Gate, and even the new Nun’s Gate, although in fact I might rightfully and with pride bear the name Wilhelm Neumann’s gate.

Wilhelm Neumann, the son of a merchant from Mecklenburg, had a bright mind; he was a self-taught historian and architect who accomplished much so that the history of Reval and Riga might be known and appreciated.

I was built according to Neumann’s design at the end of the 19th century when Suur-Kloostri (Great Monastery) street was being established. A neo-gothic gate with a pointed arch and two pedestrian gates were broken into the section of wall between the Nun’s Tower and the Sauna Tower so that the traffic between Old Town and the train station could flow more freely. It had been discovered that the demolition of the mighty Nun’s gate complex that was situated where Nunne street runs today (its removal had been completed just a few years before the trains had started running between St. Petersburg and Reval) did not accomplish the expected increase in traffic flow.