The Triumphal Arch of the door of Aix " L'Arc de Triomphe de la Porte d'Aix" was realized by the architect Penchaud. Started in 1823, it was not inaugurated until 1839.
It is inspired by the ancient arch of the city of Orange.
It marks the main entrance of the town and the starting point of a prestigious vista leading to Castellane Square. At that time, an obelisk also built by Penchaud stood in this square, about a decade earlier, and nowadays it stands at the Mazargues roundabout. The objective behind the construction of the Porte d'Aix was twofold: to evoke triumph through ancient symbolism and to be visible from afar.
The decoration was entrusted to David d'Angers and Jules Ramsey.
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