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The Porte Serpenoise was one of the most important city gates. For Metz, it had a representative function in its history. The first structure of its kind was built in the 13th century at a time when it was not regarded as important as the gates to the East. In the 15th and 16th century, several dukedoms wanted to incorporate Metz into their territories, so that it was expanded and fortified several times. In 1552, it was heavily damaged during a siege and replaced in 1561 with a structure pretty similar to today's Port Serpenoise. The name comes from an old Roman Way, the Via Scarponensis, which runs south of Metz. The gate itself has an inscription with some historic events related to the gate mentioned. Once includes the prevention of an invasion in 1473, when a local baker saw the troops of the Duke of Lorraine outside the gate and alarmed the city guards.
Directions: At the southern part of Avenue Schuman, close to Avenue Foch, 300 metres Northwest to the train station
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