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In the background La Gross Horloge, in the foreground a statue of the French Admiral and Government Minister, Guy-Victor Duperré.

In the 13th century the bottom part of this great gateway marked the entrance to the town of La Rochelle from the port area. It originally had two archways, one for pedestrians and one for carriages. The two arches were made into one in 1672 to improve traffic circulation. In 1746, the upper part of the previous tower was demolished and replaced by the building you can see today.

Guy-Victor Duperré (La Rochelle, 20 February 1775–Paris, 2 November 1846) was a French admiral, Pair de France and thrice Naval Minister.

Duperré commanded the fleet at the Battle of Grand Port, where he was wounded. From 1812 to 1814, he commanded the French and Italian naval forces. On February 5, 1830, Charles X named him commander of the naval elements of the expeditionary force that carried out the Invasion of Algiers in 1830.

The picture is a stitch of two landscape images. Sorry for the traffic, but it's a busy street and difficult to avoid!

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