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L'arc Here, Nancy

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The Arc Héré or Porte Héré is a triumphal arch located in the city of Nancy, France, on the north side of the Place Stanislas. It was designed by Emmanuel Héré de Corny to honor the French king Louis XV and was built between 1752 and 1755. Its architecture is inspired by the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome. The Arc replaced an older royal gate constructed under the rule of Louis XIV; three bas reliefs from the old gate are featured on the Arc.

The Arc displays motifs of war and peace, with one side featuring arrowheads and armor and the other featuring wheat ears and cornucopias. The top of the Arc bears an inscription reading: "HOSTIUM TERROR / FOEDERUM CULTOR / GENTISQUE DECUS ET AMOR" ("terror of the enemies, maker of treaties, and the glory and love of his people"), referring to Louis XV. To the sides of the inscription are statues of the deities Ceres, Minerva, Hercules, and Mars. Above the inscription is an acroterion comprising gilded statues of Minerva, Pax (the Roman goddess personifying peace), and Fama (the Roman goddess personifying glory), all surrounding a medallion of Louis XV. Below the inscription are three marble bas reliefs taken from the old royal gateway that stood here before the construction of the Arc; they were retained for their depictions of Apollo, to whom Louis XV was often compared in imagery and art.
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  • This arch is huge with a big area set back behind it. We passed through it from Place Stanislaus to the old town. It has been cleaned up and just sparkles in the sun. 
    This arch is huge with a big area set back behind it. We passed through it from Place Stanislaus to the old town. It has been cleaned up and just sparkles in the sun.  more »
  • An important part of the neoclassical ensemble in Nancy's center, that now constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the 'Arc Héré', a gate in honour of the then king of France, Louis XV, father... 
    An important part of the neoclassical ensemble in Nancy's center, that now constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the 'Arc Héré', a gate in honour of the then king of France, Louis XV, father...  more »
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  • Landmark for tourists to visit and have a beautiful picture ❤️
  • Beautiful landmark in the city of Nancy, beautiful by day!

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