Metz. Mondon square, Сamoufle tower
Passing one quarter from the station on Rue Gambetta, will be in the Place General Mangin map), participant of world war I. Charles Mangin commanded the 10th army, distinguished himself in the battle of Marne and expelled Kaiser's troops from Lorraine. In autumn 1919 he was sent to Russia, where he headed the French military mission at the headquarters of Denikin in Taganrog.
A typical building of the era Wilhelm II on Rue Gambretta. Roman numerals MCMIX on the pediment of this house report the date of construction-1909. As a symbol of consolidation in the new lands, in the capital of Lorraine appeared "Imperial district", built in a peculiar style.
In the appearance of the buildings we see an Association of styles-heavy German Renaissance and neo-Romanesque architecture with cheerful elements of art Nouveau and art Deco, more popular in Central and southern Europe.
Place Raymond-Mondon map), named in honour a prominent figure in the French resistance. Mondon became the first Commissioner of the liberated Prefecture of Moselle with a center in the city of Metz.
From the square to the East is a wide Boulevard Fosh (Avenue Foch).
From the North-East, the square is adjacent to the square, the name of which was given to the Camoufle tower located here. This is one of the few surviving fragments of the medieval city wall. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the Holy Roman Empire was a patchwork quilt, part of which included a variety of administrative units - kurfurste and semi-independent Duchies, principalities and counties, free cities, the small Abbey and the small domains of the Imperial knights, constantly warring among themselves. Lorraine became the arena of active hostilities, which prompted residents to build a line of fortifications around Metz from ditches, walls and towers. The construction of this tower began in 1473 on the site of an ancient Gallo-Roman fortification. Translated from the French name of the tower can be translated as" hidden","secret". In 1903, during the laying of Avey fosh, the walls adjacent to the tower were demolished and the moat was filled up. The tower is included in the list of historical monuments in 1929.
Further our way lies to the Snake gate located in fifty meters to the Northwest.