on March 29, 2006
In 1692 Charles-Augustin Daviler, architect of the Province of Languedoc set up drawings for the "door" Arch, carried out by Dorbay.This "door" constitutes the obliged entry of Peyrou, "places royal" dedicated to the glory of Louis XIV benefactor of the city. It is copied partly from that from Saint-Denis in Paris.On each face, of rather heavy medallions of execution, the projecting episodes of the reign of Louis XIV by the Victoire are represented. Above the medallions, four groups of trophies of weapons are embedded. (See photo 1.)The careers of the garrigues of the surroundings of Montpellier and in particular those of Pignan, Midsummer's Day de Védas, Pondres, Saint-Géniès of Mourgues, will see for its construction the extraction of more than 120m² of stones which will be judiciously laid out according to their mechanical and aesthetic characteristics. It is in the whole of shelly limestone (tertiary sediments). The Triumphal arch is located at the highest point of the city with an altitude of 52m. It gave access to the "Puy d' Arquinel," i.e. the "stony" place called Peyrou. Before its construction, a drawbridge made it possible to cross a ditch which delimited the ramparts of the "common fence." Today a stone bridge 28m broad replaces this work. Dimensions of the Triumphal arch are 15m height and 18m width. The gantry is 470m of opening and 7m height. TIP: Tours can be arranged through the local tourist office, that take you to the very top of the Arc. If you take a look at the second photo, you will be able to see the group taking in the view.
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