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Amazingly good condition

This Roman Arch is in wonderful condition and is a must see for any visitors to the city, situated... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2018
Incredibly ornate

I discovered Besancon last weekend and this gate truly delighted me ! The level of detail and the... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2018
Beire-le-Chatel, France
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Rue de la Convention, 25000, Besancon, France
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

This Roman Arch is in wonderful condition and is a must see for any visitors to the city, situated right in front of the cathedral.

Thank JandSEvian
Reviewed July 30, 2018

I discovered Besancon last weekend and this gate truly delighted me ! The level of detail and the fact so much has been preserved is awesome.

Thank trish_cyblade
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The Porte Noire is a fascinating preserved Roman triumphal arch into the old city of Besançon- incredible to think it has been standing since about 175 AD. If you are interested in detail and mythology the sculptures on some parts of the gateway are still...More

Thank pamelamary52
Reviewed April 12, 2018

Great to take a look at on your way to the Citadelle. Hard to believe that this Roman triumphal arch is more than 2000 years old !

Thank may0rf
Reviewed July 29, 2017

Just a gateway but a Roman one in the heart of old Besancon with buildings keyed in either side. Nothing remarkable but its survival.

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Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

This is a very neat gate erected by the Romans. You go through it if you take the bus to the citadel. So .. it's a good place to get off the bus on your way back to town. It's right next to a church...More

Thank TBSuz
Reviewed June 8, 2017

The city of Besancon has been built, quite literally, around this gate. It is exactly two cars wide, but only one lane nowadays as it was built for slow-moving horsecarts. Good for history buffs.

Thank Mainzigartig
Reviewed September 18, 2016

Amazing this arch is still standing centuries after the Romans built it. A tribute to Roman engineering and masonry. Architecturally beautiful.

Thank Inquilinus
Reviewed June 3, 2016

Walked to this attraction to look around and also did the Cathedral St Jean as it is only 20 or so metres from the old city gate. Kept on going and went up to the Citadelle.

Thank Alan F
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Sorry not a lot impressed me about Besancon, better places, better arches in fact go to DIJON instead..now that is a nice city..

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