One of the series of signs describing historical places in Paris. The signs were placed starting in 1992 and are also called sucettes Starck (Starck’s Lollipops) after Philippe Starck who designed them.
The place where the sign stands was photographed on the same day Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris] History of Paris The Saint-Bernard gate
A little to the south of the Château de la Tournelle and the tower of the enclosure of Philippe-Auguste, the wall was pierced in the 15th century by a door, baptized in memory of the illustrious Abbot of Cîteaux, whose college was student nearby. It spans the old towpath, now a place for walking and swimming. Henri IV liked to come and swim there with his son, in order to strengthen him; in 1606 he decided to have it rebuilt, in the form of a square building surmounted by a pavilion attic. In 1674, to thank Louis XIV for having abolished the taxes levied on the goods which arrived at the Saint-Bernard port, the provost of the merchants and the aldermen asked François Blondel to make it a triumphal arch to the glory of the monarch. The presence of dwellings in the upper part of the building led the architect to create two low paired arches, instead of a single large arcade. On the bas-reliefs, on one side the Sun King brings abundance to the City, on the other, dressed in the antique style, he leads the Parisian nave, flanked by nereids and tritons. The monument remained until 1787.