The city of Quebec is so modern and vibrant that it is easy to forget that it was, originally, a frontier fortress only a few centuries ago. As with most forts, the city walls had established gates to protect against invasion. One of the first and most important was the St. Louis Gate, built by Governor Frontenac between 1692 and 1694. The elegant St. Louis Gate seen today in Quebec is actually a grandchild - perhaps even a great-grandchild - of the original. Rebuilt in 1823, removed entirely in 1873 and replaced in 1880, the gate no longer serves its original purpose, but it remains as a symbol of centuries past.
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