In the days of the republic, both entrances into the walled city were closed at night. At Pile Gate, the busiest entrance into the Old Town (it receives the traffic from the port to the west), the wooden drawbridge would have been pulled up and the wooden doors locked with a key. Now, of course, the gate stays open 24/7. The outer Pile Gate is embellished with a small statue of St. Blaise, the city's patron saint. The inner gate, built in the 15th century, holds a more modern statue of St. Blaise, created by 20th-century Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović.