• Porte Saint-Nicolas

  • Formerly a fortified gate with drawbridge

This old fortified gate with drawbridge, known as the Porte du Bourgneuf, witnessed the entry of many important personalities: in 1548 Henri II, accompanied by Catherine de Medici, was welcomed by the canons under a freshly-painted triumphal arch to the sound of tambourines; in 1594 Charles IX, accompanied by the Queen Mother, made a short visit; and the gate was decorated again for the entrance of Louis XIII, en route for the Alps in 1629, then for Queen Anne of Austria the following year. But the most ceremonial entry was that of Louis XIV and the Queen, on 10 November 1669, when the canon was fired.

From 1770, visitors from the north were greeted at an impressive new gate, designed by the Dijon architect Nicolas Lenoir (also known as Lenoir Le Romain), part of the city modernisation program of the Mayor, Mr. Maufoux.

As part of our guided tours, you can admire the decorations of Porte Saint Nicolas, the details of which are remarkably well-preserved

The Italian-style municipal theatre (1864). Opposite is the 18th-century Chapelle de l’Oratoire (frequent exhibitions).

Rue de Lorraine, running from Porte Saint Nicolas, for its many mansions with superb Renaissance facades and for its shops.

The former Ursuline convent, built in 1697, which became the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in 1794.

Rue du Collège, for the Caves Patriarche in the former Visitandines convent and its restored chapel. Rue de Chorey (the other side of the boulevard), for the 19th century Carmelite convent with its statue of the Little King of Grace.