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Review of Porte Saint-Denis

Porte Saint-Denis
Reviewed 6 April 2018

At the top of the hill in Montmartre, is the statue of the first bishop of Paris, Saint Denis. .
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In this statue Saint Denis is seen holding his own head. This is because, at first, he was sentenced to be crucified on top of the hill. The only reason he got decapitated is because the soldier who was accompanying him got bored along the way.
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But Saint Denis was pretty upset about this: he liked the idea of dying like Jesus. So, he picked up his own head and continued walking to the top of the hill. That is what the legend says. There, he dropped dead, but his head rolled and rolled… to a point that was later declared sacred, and where they built the cathedral of Saint Denis.

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

As you can see from how many countries that I have visited (85 countries) from my reviews (well over 1300 reviews) that I am an experienced traveler and had a bad experience around here. The Arch is nicer than Porte Saint Martin but just a block away. This arch is more complex and larger in size than its brother a block away. If you’re in the area I would recommend seeing both. Many train station are located right there (METRO 4,8,9) so it is an easy stop and there are many inexpensive restaurants around the area. However A WORD OF CAUTION and we stayed here for 2 weeks, we had our BAGS STOLEN HERE at the burger joint right in front of the arch. That included all our money, passports, cameras, laptops, etc. Be very careful since there are very dubious characters walking around and we certainly paid a huge price for assuming that the place was safe based on other reviewer comments. It is NOT. Be careful with your belongings around this area. ONCE AGAIN BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR BELONGINGS!!!!!!!!! however from a violent crime point of view this is a safe area and you can walk around without any concerns, just robbers is what you have to watch for.

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

I don't know what I like more, the splendid architecture of this very old arch (with its important history), or the vibrant aspect of this dynamic Paris neighborhood, full of diverse people scurrying about. Lots to see here, lots of good food and drink, lots of atmosphere. Stay a long while, wander around. It's safe and fascinating.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

strange place for an arch, seems like its in the wrong part of paris!
interesting area around though with not many tourists

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

Walk along Rue Saint-Denis and you will suddenly come across this interesting feature. Apparently the "porte" was one of the original gates to the city along one of the original streets.

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