Porta Reale is Noto city gate and marks the entrance into the heart of the city. Built on the occasion of the coming of King Ferdinand II of Bourbon, this monumental gate in the shape of a triumphal arch, was erected in the nineteenth century and commissioned to the Neapolitan artist Angelini, the same sculptor of the statue depicting Ferdinand, which then became the Monument to the dead of War. It was completed in one year, 1838, with the neoclassical appearance that still maintains. The gate was built with the typical golden limestone used in the previous century for the construction of churches and palaces in the city. It is a huge squared monument, thinned out at the sides by two elegant Corinthian pillars. On its straight and smooth top, there are three emblematic sculptures: a crenellated tower that indicates the power; a cirneco, ancient Sicilian breed of dog, which refers to fidelity, and a pelican, symbol of self- denial to King Ferdinand.