Désilles gate, an arch to celebrate the Independence

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Désilles gate Arch

War made of stone

It’s an Ionic arch raised by architect Mélin and decorated with sculptures by Joseph Sontgen, a German sculptor living in Nancy, who also created lots of decorations in Nancy’s churches.

• On the outside façade, we have military trophies and a representation of battle of Nancy, opposing duke of Burgundy Charles the Bold and duke of Lorraine René II: we can see, on the background, the Craffe's gate!

• On the inner façade, we have medallions, which used to be king of France and Stainville’s blazons, hammered during the Revolution.

America in Eastern France

But on this façade, the sculptor represented America’s independence: two low-reliefs show the French and their king. On the other side, France and America’s union with the Treaty of Versailles in 1783, who gave the independence to American people.

• At the top, a medallion flanked by Louis XIV’s portrait, carrying by the Independence allegory (a little Black child with the Victory and Glory muses).

• On the left low-relief, people from Lorraine honour France: a genie welcomes the king, another one crowns him. On the right scene, a little Black kid tributes the king of France.


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