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Porte Saint-Denis, Paris
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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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  • As gorgeous as the Triumph Arch, just less famous than it. It also reminded me of Brandemburg Gate, which is normal, since these kinds of passage were standard in Middle Age. 
  • Porte Saint-Denis was constructed at the behest of Louis XIV in 1672. The architect François Blondel subscribed in collaboration with the sculptor Michel Anguier. This triumphal arch, if the specimen is Titus-arch in Rome, was part of Paris ' then-fortifikations plant, and at the same time, telling passers-by about some of Louis XIV's military victories. In the same place was formerly a gate built during Charles V's reign in the middle of the 1300 century. The narrow triumphal arch, there are only five meters in depth, are in the middle of the busy traffic junction where the Rue Saint-Martin, Boulevard Saint-Martin and the Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle meet as a hushed recall the past. It is worth to walk past and see the arch when you find yourself in 10. arrondissement.
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  • Something different than the usual. Great surroundings with little bars and restaurants. Awesome vibe in the area.