Arc de Triomphe ( Porte d'Aix ), Marseille

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Porte d'Aix is a triumphal arch in Marseille, in the south of France, marking the old entry point to the city on the road from Aix-en-Provence. The classical design by Michel-Robert Penchaud was inspired by the triumphal arches of the Roman Empire. The Porte d’Aix was initially conceived in 1784 to honour Louis XIV and to commemorate the Peace of Paris that ended the American war of independence. Following the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814-15, the project was resumed in 1823, now to commemorate French victories in the Spanish Expedition, notably at the Battle of Trocadero, August 31, 1823. It was eventually completed in 1839, with a more general theme of victory.
In 1660 Louis XIV descended on Marseille to bring order to a city in political turmoil. His troops blasted a hole in the old thirteenth century ramparts that ran the length of the rue d'Aix between the city gates of "Porte Royale" and "Porte d'Aix". Part of the subsequent reorganisation of Marseille involved not only an increased military presence, demolition of the old ramparts, new royal shipyards in the place d'Aix at the end of the rue d'Aix: the original porte d'Aix was formed by the arches of this aqueduct. Numerous projects for city plans were proposed, including one by Pierre Puget, placing a ceremonial Porte Royale in the place d'Aix.
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  • My wife and I were walking back to our hotel near the train station through the Panier from Fort Saint Jean when we discovered the Arc. It is quite impressive and fairly large.  more »
  • Located about 0.2mi downhill from the Gare de Marseille is this large stone arch dating back to around 1825. It marks the old entry into the city from Aix-en-Provence. The arch is located in a large.....  more »
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  • It was ok, I'm not a historian so I can't speak of it's significance, except that it seems to separate the goethe lifestyle from the priviledge lifestyle
  • We just stopped by briefly. It’s not bad

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