BLONDEL, François
(b. 1628, Ribemont, d. 1686, Paris)

General view

Porte Saint-Denis, Paris

In eighteenth-century Paris the gates of the city were handled with dignity. After the Peace of Aachen (1670), a long promenade was planned to run from the Porte Saint-Antoine to the future Porte Saint-Martin built by Pierre Bullet in 1674. François Blondel designed and built the 22-meter high Porte Saint-Denis. It marked the entrance to a particularly busy avenue, and was decorated with reliefs showing the crossing of the Rhine, glorifying the monarch.