This gate is named after Canbulat, the Bey of Kilis, one of the heroes of the Ottoman siege of Famagusta. It houses the hero's entombed remains and has become a place of pilgrimage for modern-day Turks visiting Cyprus. Legend maintains that a fig tree grew up over the tomb, the fruits of which were believed to promote fertility in the women who visited. The gate also houses a small museum, with displays of artillery, traditional costumes, Ottoman tiles and Venetian pottery.
Popular folklore recounts how the Ottoman Turks tried to take the city in 1571 in the face of formidable resistance from the Venetians. One of their inspired defenses was a vast wheel edged with knives, onto which Turks who had scaled the walls of Famagusta were hurled and decapitated. Commander Canbulat, who had already been instrumental in the capture of Nicosia, heroically rode his horse onto the blades of the machine, killing himself instantly in the process. However, his body and that of his horse jammed the mechanism, and hence his men were able to overcome the defenses and force the Venetians to surrender.