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Porte St-Martin

At 17m-high Porte St-Martin (St-Martin Gate) is at the corner of rue duthis is an image of porte-st-martin in Paris, France Faubourg St-Martin and boulevard St-Denis. It was erected two years after Porte St-Denis to commemorate the capture of Besançon and the Franche-Comté region by Louis XIV's armies.

Monument Address: rue du Faubourg St-Martin and boulevard St-Denis, Paris France
Area: The Grand Boulevards
Arrondissement: 3rd/10th
Opening times: Every day all day
Transport: M° (Métro) - Strasbourg St-Denis (M4, M8, M9)
Entry Cost: Free of charge

History of the Porte St-Martin

Construction of the Porte Saint-Martin immediately followed that of the Porte Saint-Denis in 1674, and it was likewise paid for by the city of Paris. A Latin inscription at the summit of the south façade proclaims, "To Louis the Great, for having vanquished the German, Spanish, and Dutch armies: the Dean of the Guild and the Aldermen of Paris." The two bas-reliefs on the south façade represent the taking of Besançon (see Province of Franche-Comté) and Louis XIV in the act of crushing the Triple Alliance. The north façade depicts the taking of Limbourg and the defeat of the Germans. Although Louis XIV favored living at Versailles, he championed the urban development of Paris, instituting a Department of Roads to ensure that city streets were cleaner and well-lit.