In the past, the gate guarded the passage in the defensive city walls. It was also a link between the "Christian city" and the "Jewish city" which no longer existed, which is why it was often called the "Jewish gate".

Originally the gate was in the form of a quadrangle crowned with a helmet, with an added foregate. In the second half of the 18th century it was rebuilt in the classical style according to the design of Dominik Merlini and devoid of any defensive features. The reminder of this renovation is the date MDCCLXXXV and the SAR monogram (Stanislaus Augustus Rex - Stanisław August Król) placed on the gate from the side of the Old Town.

Currently, the building is the seat of the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theater" Centre, a local government cultural institution, acting to protect the cultural heritage of Lublin and the Lublin region.