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The gate of the city of Saint-andré and d Arroux: photo description (Porte d'arroux et Porte Saint-Andre)

The remains of Roman fortifications can be seen in Autun, which during the reign of the Romans was called Augustodunum. It was surrounded by powerful fortress walls, the length of which was about six kilometers. Inside the walls was the territory equal to two hundred hectares. Around the city was located more than two hundred towers, of which survived only about fifty. The entrance to the city served as the gate - there were four of them, to date, remained only two gates d Arroux and Saint andré.

The first of them were in the Northern part of the city, near the tower, which is called "Temple of Janus". From it remained only ruins, whose height reaches 24 meters. However, the Roman origins of this tower scholars have questioned the belief that the most likely period of construction is the late middle Ages.

From the gate d'arroux began one of the main streets that ran from North to South. The name of this gate is derived from the name of the river, which was crossed by the road leading to the city around them. Now this street is called the Rue de Paris. Gate of Saint-andré was located in the Eastern part of the city fortifications and was also the "source" another major street that ran from the East to the West.

And the Northern and Eastern gates were built in the form of an arched structure with four openings, two of which were intended for horsemen, and carts, and two were intended for the admission of foot passengers.

Those and other gate was built, probably in the I century BC, but their appearance differs. If the gate d'arroux is preserved almost in its original form, the gate of Saint-Andre in the Middle ages has undergone numerous changes. But perhaps because of this, the gate of Saint-andré survived better than d'arroux.