Porte Saint Martin, Paris

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The Porte Saint-Martin is a Parisian monument located at the site of one of the gates of the now-destroyed fortifications of Paris. It is located at the crossing of Rue Saint-Martin, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin and the grands boulevards Boulevard Saint-Martin and Boulevard Saint-Denis.HistoryThe Porte Saint-Martin was designed by architect Pierre Bullet (a student of François Blondel, architect of the nearby Porte Saint-Denis) at the order of Louis XIV in honor of his victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté. Built in 1674, it replaced a medieval gate in the city walls built by Charles V. It was restored in 1988.DescriptionThe Porte Saint-Martin is a heavily rusticated triumphal arch, 18 meters high, built in limestone and marble. Recesses are occupied by bas reliefs:North side left: La Prise du Limbourg en 1675 (The Capture of Limbourg) by Pierre Legros I, a sitting woman next to a lionNorth side right: La Défaite des Allemands (The Defeat of the Germans) by Gaspard Marsy, Louis XIV as Mars carrying the shield of France and pushing back a German eagle to protect a woman and an old manSouth side left: La Rupture de la Triple Alliance (The Breaking of the Triple Alliance) by Étienne le Hongre, Louis XIV as Hercules, partly nudeSouth side right: La prise de Besançon (The Capture of Besançon) by Martin van den Bogaert, Louis XIV dressed as Fame, standing in front of an olive tree and receiving keys from a woman
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  • This gate related to the France revolution can be seen slowly because there are not a lot of people like other sightseeing places. I'm worried about the black from the nearby Sandini gate.
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  • Was staying near here so was a beacon in the night..the area is lovely and diverse. The arch is nice but not spectacular  more »
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  • Cloce this place I live here you have good connection with Gare de Nord,shathle,but also direct line to Trocadero,if you are turist,here find hotels everything is so close to you,but don't warry FRANCH people do everything for easy traveling,just coming in spring time for Love "sity of Love💝🗼💝
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