30 April 2009

Rue Longue - Porte Saint-Julien


Rue Longue has two medieval portes, one at each end. Here we see Porte Saint-Julien at the eastern end of the street - ie nearest to Italy. The original name was Porta Julia. With both entrances closed, the town was protected from invaders.

Later, in 1687, a chain barred the entrance and a tax had to be paid to the Count of Ventimiglia by merchants who wanted to sell their wares in Menton. This import duty was known as the 'droit de chaîne.'

11 comments:

  1. on a envie de passer cette porte et descendre dans le village. A Martel dans le Lot, on a presque la même porte...j'adore

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  2. I can see that even in Menton wires creep on ancient landmarks and buildings. Great image of a lovely street you have showed us so well.

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  3. If these walls could speak I am sure they could tell some great stories! I love the worn walls and well trodden path.

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  4. An interesting post. I liked the history lesson.

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  5. Taxes ... Taxes ...Already taxes...
    They have never forgotten us !

    You see, Jilly, I have never watched Porte Sain Julien on this side. I used to come from Rue Longue, then, get out of the Old Town without turning back. That's a surprise, because it's more beautiful from outside than seen from inside.

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  6. I wonder how long you had to stand there to get your photos with no people inthem. Whatever it was, it was well worth the wait.

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  7. Beautiful and full of great atmosphere!

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  8. une rue longue qui est très courte

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  9. These 2 shots are truly beautiful! I love it

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  10. Like Abe, I love the history lesson. I'd enjoy even more a walk down that street! But the beautiful photo suffices, thank you.

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  11. The Porte Saint-Julien photo is so atmospheric.

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