Porte Mars

Reims, France

Porte Mars is an ancient Roman triumphal arch in Reims. It dates from the third century AD, and was the widest arch in the Roman world.

The arch stands 32 metres long and 13 metres high. It was named after a nearby temple to Mars. The arch has many highly detailed carvings on its exterior and on the ceilings of its three passageways. Local folklore says that the inhabitants of Rheims built the arch in gratitude when the Romans brought major roads through their city. It served as a part of castle of archeveque and a city gate until 1544 was closed of it. In 1817, the buildings around it were removed, bringing the arch into full view.



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Founded: 200-300 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Radames Pera (6 months ago)
Under wraps (as of June '23) and looking a bit like a Christo piece of art, is the amazing 2000+ year old Port of Mars, last standing gate (of 4) of the Roman citadel of Durocortorum. The monolithic equivalent of a Roman coin.
Testimony C. (9 months ago)
I think it’s a pretty space. They set up hammocks in addition to the seating and eating areas, and it can be a nice little place to relax and chill, especially when the weather is nice. It’s also right next to the city Centre, train station, and is surrounded by lots of bus and tram stops. If you’re a more private person who likes very quiet and covered areas, it might not suit you that much though.
Tudor Iliescu (14 months ago)
Well preserved roman relic. The surrounding parc is nice.
AUNGMIN THU (14 months ago)
Easy to access and a big old Roman arc
Santiago Chacón (16 months ago)
Worth the visit if you are in Reims. Very well preserved Roman ruins
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