What Is the Gates of Hades?

Entering Hell, or at least its outer region, requires passing through The Gates of Hades. As envisioned by Dante Alighieri in his "The Divine Comedy," this ornate gate is inscribed with the words "abandon all hope," and divides life from everlasting death.

The Gates of Hades, or at least the idea of The Gates of Hades, inspired French artist Auguste Rodin's sculpture of the same name that depicts a scene from Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy." The Gates of Hades also appear in the book of Matthew, when Jesus Christ says that not even the gates of Hades will prevail against the church He planned to build. In 2013, archaeologists in Southwestern Turkey discovered what they called a "gate to Hell," a cave once celebrated as a portal to Hell.