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Iron Gate

A narrow gorge of the Danube River on the border of Serbia and Romania, in the gap between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Originally hazardous to navigation, the gorge was made passable by a ship canal (1896) and was eventually flooded by a hydroelectric dam (1972).

Iron Gate


Iron Gates

(Placename) a gorge of the River Danube on the border between Romania and Serbia. Length: 3 km (2 miles). Romanian name: Porţile de Fier

I′ron Gate′

or I′ron Gates′,

a gorge cut by the Danube through the Carpathian Mountains, between Yugoslavia and SW Romania. 2 mi. (3.2 km) long.
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Though very dilapidated, a little door made in the wall beside the iron gates resisted all their efforts to open it.
They passed through the iron gates, which shut behind them with a click.
It is probable that we shall not hear of her again from this moment to the end of time, and that when the great filigree iron gates are once closed on her, she and her awful sister will never issue therefrom into this little world of history.
A thick clump of trees and shrubs rose in the centre, and masked a portion of the front; around this shrubbery two alleys, like two arms, extended right and left, and formed a carriage-drive from the iron gates to a double portico, on every step of which stood a porcelain vase.
The iron gates and the frontdoor were not twenty yards asunder; they were all three soon in the hall, and Harriet immediately sinking into a chair fainted away.
He called to her softly, and she came through the little iron gates from the rose gardens.
We looked down the whole vista, and saw it closed by iron gates, and it could not have been more than a furlong in length."
It appeared that the swift wings of their desires would have shattered against the iron gates of the impossible.
The lights were nearly all extinguished in the passages, the iron gates were being closed with a jar and a rattle, and the dismal place was deserted until to-morrow morning's interest of gallows, pillory, whipping-post, and branding-iron, should repeople it.
A sentry stood at the iron gates and passed Major Thomson after a perfunctory challenge.
Behind it lay a few desolate fields, and then the brown heath-clad summit of the hill; before it (enclosed by stone walls, and entered by an iron gate, with large balls of grey granite - similar to those which decorated the roof and gables - surmounting the gate-posts) was a garden, - once stocked with such hard plants and flowers as could best brook the soil and climate, and such trees and shrubs as could best endure the gardener's torturing shears, and most readily assume the shapes he chose to give them, - now, having been left so many years untilled and untrimmed, abandoned to the weeds and the grass, to the frost and the wind, the rain and the drought, it presented a very singular appearance indeed.
In ten minutes D'Artagnan reached the end of an alley regularly planted with fine poplars and terminating in an iron gate, the points and crossed bars of which were gilt.