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Voltaire - Porte de Paris - Nevers, Bourgogne, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
N 46° 59.544 E 003° 09.649
31T E 512227 N 5204332
Quick Description: [EN] A city gate shaped triumphal arch where is engraved a poem of Voltaire in honor of a victory of King Louis XV. [FR] Une porte de ville en forme d'arc de triomphe où est gravée un poème de Voltaire en l'honneur d'une victoire du roi Louis XV.
Location: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
Date Posted: 7/27/2019 10:18:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM1112E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

"It is in 1734 that the old medieval gate of Ardilliers, which closed the road of Paris, was demolished under the consent of Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarin, duke of Nevers, to be replaced by a new monument to taste The condition was that the new building should carry the duke's arms.

From 1742 began the construction of the new gate, taking the form of an arch of triumph in the antique, in the spirit of the Porte Saint-Denis in Paris. After the victory of Louis XV in Fontenoy in 1745, the building still under construction became a memorial and was crowned with a great military trophy with the arms of France.

Voltaire, historian of the king, is then in charge of writing the verses that will ornament the monument: "

Sources : The Door

Where Louis, spreading the benefits and fear,

Triumph of the English in the fields of Fontenoy

And made with him triumph the clemency,

While all the arts, loved and supported,

Embellished the state that his hand was to defend,

While he overthrew the gates of Flanders

To close the doors of Janus forever,

The peoples of Nevers in these days of victory

Wanted to point out their happiness and glory.

Etales forever august monuments

The zeal and virtue of those who founded you,

Instruct the future, be winners of time

And the great name whose hands adorn you. "

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" C’est en 1734 que l’ancienne porte médiévale des Ardilliers, qui fermait la route de Paris, fut démolie sous le consentement de Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarin, duc de Nevers, afin d’être remplacée par un nouveau monument au goût du jour. La condition était que le nouvel édifice portât les armes du duc.

A partir de 1742, commença la construction de la nouvelle porte, prenant la forme d’un arc de triomphe à l’antique, dans l’esprit de la porte Saint-Denis de Paris. Après la victoire de Louis XV à Fontenoy en 1745, l’édifice encore en construction devient un monument commémoratif et se trouve couronnée d’un grand trophée militaire aux armes de France.

Voltaire, historiographe du roi, est alors chargé de rédiger les vers qui ornementeront le monument :"

Sources : La Porte

Dans ces temps fortunés de gloire et de puissance,

Où Louis, répandant les bienfaits et l'effroy,

Triomphait des Anglois aux champs de Fontenoy

Et faisait avec lui triompher la clémence,

Tandis que tous les arts, aimés et soutenus,

Embellissoient l'Etat que sa main sceut deffendre,

Tandis qu'il renversoit les portes de la Flandre

Pour fermer à jamais les portes de Janus,

Les peuples de Nevers en ces jours de victoire

Ont voulu signaler leur bonheur et sa gloire.

Etales à jamais augustes monuments

Le zèle et la vertu de ceux qui vous fondèrent,

Instruises l'avenir, soyes vainqueurs du temps

Ainsi que le grand nom dont leurs mains vous ornèrent."

Address:
Rue Ardilliers, 58000 Nevers France


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