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Porte Saint-Denis, Paris

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3.7/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
The Porte Saint-Denis is a Parisian monument located in the 10th arrondissement, at the site of one of the gates of the Wall of Charles V, one of the now-destroyed fortifications of Paris. It is located at the crossing of the Rue Saint-Denis continued by the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, with the Boulevard de Bonne-Nouvelle and the Boulevard Saint-Denis.HistoryThe Porte Saint-Denis was designed by architect François Blondel and the sculptor Michel Anguier at the order of Louis XIV in honor of his victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté. Built in 1672 and paid for by the city of Paris, it replaced a medieval gate in the city walls built by Charles V in the 14th century.A monument defining the official art of its epoque, the Porte Saint-Denis provided the subject of the engraved frontispiece to Blondel's influential Cours d'architecture, 1698. It was restored in 1988.DescriptionThe Porte Saint-Denis is a triumphal arch inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome. It is pierced by a large central arch and formerly by two much smaller flanking pedestrian openings in the pedestals, now closed off. The arch is flanked by obelisks applied to the wall face bearing sculptural groups of trophies of arms. Above the main arch, the southern face carries a sculptural group by Michel Anguier of "The Passage of the Rhine" in a sunk panel, while the north face carries allegorical figures of the Rhine and the Netherlands. The entablature bears the gilded bronze inscription LUDOVICO MAGNO, "To Louis the Great".
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  • We have this beautiful monument walk in the surroundings of our hotel in the area of Saint Denis and we liked it so much by what we decided to investigate a little more on it: the door of Saint Denis is a triumphal arch inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome, measuring almost 25 meters high and 5 meters width It has a single arch and two small doors open in the two pedestals. Two loaded trophy obelisks rise above both pedestals. Their feet are two seated figures representing the United provinces. A few low reliefs showing the passage of the Rhine, and allegorical representations of the Netherlands defeated under the traits of a despondent woman can be seen above the arch between the archivolt and the entablature. On the north side is the siege of the city of Maastricht. In the frieze of the entablature can be read in gold letters: "Ludovico magno" in allusion to Luis large.
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  • We passed this place several times. Very nice monument, is a marble triumphal arch, with allegories to different battles. If are of step not let of stop you a few minutes to observe it.
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  • This gate is at the Metro station Strasbourg Saint Denise in the street there are many restaurants and also not far is the Grand Rex
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