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Extract from Louis XIV, Les arts, les idées (1896) - ©The British Library / Public domain Extract from Louis XIV, Les arts, les idées (1896) - ©The British Library / Public domain

Big party! Aaah, Louis XIV looked really nice, on his white horse, proudly caracoling. Ladies chuckled and tried to be the centre of attention. But Louis only had eyes for his beloved La Vallière...

The gate - ©Yves Tennevin / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Yves Tennevin / CC-BY-SA

Do you know dukes of Lorraine went through this gatewhen they were crowned? Anyway, it was raised in 1603, a year before St-Georges' gate. It was called Saint-Nicolas because of Lorraine’s patron...

Southern side, detail - ©Musicaline / CC-BY-SA Southern side, detail - ©Musicaline / CC-BY-SA

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...

Southern side - ©Musicaline / CC-BY-SA Southern side - ©Musicaline / CC-BY-SA

A Dauphin and a young Breton Raised between 1782 and 1784, the gate was dedicated to the Dauphin’s birth in 1781, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette’s son! So that’s why they called it "Saint-Louis'...

Heliopolis, by D'Angers - ©Robert Valette / CC-BY-SA Heliopolis, by D'Angers - ©Robert Valette / CC-BY-SA

Glory of war Located on the road leading to Aix-en-Provence, our gate was raised between 1828 and 1839: 19 metres high, 12 metres large, it’s a real arc de triomphe dedicated to Empire wars!...

The gate - ©MarcJP46 / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©MarcJP46 / CC-BY-SA

Here’s the old Saint-Julien gate, named after the neighbour priory of Saint-Julien, destroyed at the end of the 16th century. Became Aquitaine gate (porte d'Aquitaine) in 1754, our gate was...

The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA

Etymology Let’s talk etymology! Where does the name Dijeaux come from? Two possibilities. • It comes from Jove: they found an old Roman temple dedicated to this god, in the courtyard of a house...

The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA

A gate... Let’s go back to the 18th century: city of Bordeaux was, at that time, encumbered with fortified walls and medieval fortresses (the château Trompette and the fort du Hâ). They had to...

The gate - ©Rilba / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Rilba / CC-BY-SA

This gate was raised in 1674, based on plans by Pierre Bullet (disciple of Blondel), in order to commemorate Franche-Comté’s storming by king Louis XIV. Low-reliefs represent, to the south, the...

The arch - ©Alf van Beem / CC0 The arch - ©Alf van Beem / CC0

An arch named after Stanislas' famous architect, Emmanuel Héré, disciple of Boffrand. He entered Stanislas service when he was 20 years-old! Here we can see a Corinthian arch crowned by a medallion...


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