Around the edges of Paris there are at least fifty-six intersections whose names begin with Porte, meaning Gate.
Seventeen of these, including the Porte de Versailles, were the main gates in a defensive wall that was built around Paris from 1841 to 1844. This wall was the largest and last wall to be built around Paris. It stood for three quarters of a century, but was gradually demolished between 1919 and 1929 because modern artillery and military aircraft had made it obsolete for defensive purposes.
At the Porte de Versailles there is now a Vélib’ bicycle station (number 15049), a Métro station of line number 12, the terminus of Tramway line T-2 (on the right-hand side in my lead photo) and a station of the Tramway line T-3a (in the background, behind the Métro entrance).
For many decades, the Porte de Versailles was a large expanse of asphalt devoted almost entirely to motor vehicles, but with the building of the Tramway T-3 (now the T-3a) the square was rearranged so that there is now more space for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Tramway T-2 now starts here at Porte de Versailles, makes a loop through Issy and Meudon-sur-Seine and then continues north through the suburbs to La Défense and Pont de Bezons.
The main entrance of Paris Expo, the venue for Paris trade fairs, is located here at Porte de Versailles.
My photos in this post are from 2013. I revised the text in 2021.
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See also: Paris tramways T-3a and T-3b.
6 thoughts on “Porte de Versailles”
I had no idea there were 56 different portes!
At least 56. I might have overlooked one or two of the smaller ones.
Interesting. There are many that I’ve repeatedly heard the names of, such as Porte de Versailles. I don’t know if I’ve actually visited or at least consciously noticed any of them. Could be a fun exercise.
Some of them used to be the end stations of various Métro lines, most of which have since been extended out into the suburbs. But line 2 still ends at Porte Dauphine, and line 4 still ends at Porte de Clignancourt.
Your lead photo is delightfully comprehensive!