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24 November 2023

Restoring historical heritage : Portes Mordelaises

Restoration of the Portes Mordelaises: a landmark of Rennes heritage

The Portes Mordelaises is a historic monument located in Rennes, France. They are one of the last medieval gates still standing in the city, and are a symbol of its rich history.

The Portes Mordelaises were originally the main entrance to the fortified city of Rennes. They were built in the 15th century in the flamboyant Gothic style. The gates consist of two large crenellated towers linked by a fortified gate with a drawbridge. The towers are equipped with machicolations, which were used to defend the gate by allowing defenders to hurl projectiles at attackers.

The Portes Mordelaises are a must-see for history and architecture enthusiasts. They are also the ideal starting point for discovering the historic center of Rennes, with its cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and numerous other historic monuments.

Renovation of railings and benches

Crézé’s mission: to create and install the walkways, including the drawbridge. Crézé’s teams also designed the electrical boxes, benches, guardrail and roof timbers.

Work carried out in collaboration with architect Christophe Delmar and Arcadis for the structural parts for the city of Rennes.

A treatment adapted to Portes Mordelaises

The entire exposed structure has been sandblasted, primed and powder-coated in rust.

Crézé, a restorer who contributes to France’s historic heritage!

After three years of renovation, the doors have been restored to their 15th-century glory, the last time they were rebuilt and enlarged. They represent a tradition of solid wood door manufacturing that goes back several centuries, with artisanal techniques and know-how handed down from generation to generation. The restoration of Mordelaise doors is therefore an important step in preserving this local heritage.

The restoration of historical heritage is an essential process for preserving and maintaining monuments, buildings and historic sites. It involves the conservation and rehabilitation of ancient structures to keep them in good condition, preserve their historical integrity and make them accessible to the public.

The restoration of historical heritage is of significant importance in terms of cultural, aesthetic, economic, identity and educational preservation. It preserves and enhances our common heritage for present and future generations.