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Porte St-Denis

Porte St-Denis Gate, a 24m-high triumphal arch, was built in 1673 to commemorate Louis XIV's in Flanders and the Rhine. The site of the arch was once a medieval entrance to the city.

Monument Address: Rue St-Denis/Boulevard St-Denis, Paris France
Area: The Grand Boulevards
Arrondissement: 2nd/10th
Opening times: Every day all day
Transport: M° (Métro) - Strasbourg St-Denis (M4, M8, M9)
Entry Cost: Free of charge

History of Porte St-Denis (St-Denis Gate)

The Saint-Denis arch was erected (1671-74) by Nicolas François Blondel, and paid for by the City of Paris. Small openings were cut into the sides to facilitate circulation, contrary to the architect's wishes.A bas-relief on the southern façade represents the passage of the Rhine and the symbolic figures of the vanquished regions of the Rhine and Holland (beneath the features of a grieving woman). On the northern façade, the king is shown placing the town of Maastricht under his yoke. It was through this gate, and along the rue St-Denis, that the kings of France would return to Paris from religious services at the Basilica of Saint-Denis. Napoleon's troops also passed through the arch, entering the city in 1816 after a victorious campaign. On the occasion of her visit to the Universal Exposition in 1855, Queen Victoria passed under the arch; she was the last sovereign to have completed this ritual dating back nearly a thousand years.On June 23, 1848, a bloody insurrection of disenchanted workers took place here, complete with the erection of barricades and capture of the national guard's post at the boulevard Bonne Nouvelle. In the ensuing firefight, over 30 insurgents were killed or wounded.