Porte aux Mystres

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La Porte aux Mystres, from Charles Fichot.

This gate, also called Gate of Auxerre or executioner's gate (because of the close pillory located on the hay market, today called Place Jean Jaurès?), existed as early as the XIIth century, according to local historian Brice Collet. It was very close to the main gate of the belfry and it was soon closed and transformed into a tower at the end of the XVth century and the beginning of the XVIth century to shelter stocks of gunpowder. It eventually disappeared in 1853, together with the rest of Saint Nicolas's ramparts, to open the rue Truelle on boulevard Victor Hugo, known as boulevard of the belfry in those times.