Visitors to Ishgard who traverse the Steps of Faith first arrive in Foundation, the lower level of the capital. Like the whole of Ishgard, it is shielded by the wards of Daniffen's Collar. Yet should the Dravanians find a way to breach these defenses, Foundation would serve as the last line of defense for the Pillars.
— In-game description
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The Arc Of The Worthy
The main gates to the city of Ishgard are more than mere stone and steel; Ishgardian scripture states that only those who have been judged worthy in the eyes of Halone are granted safe passage into the city as children of the faith.
Saint Valeroyant's Forum
Later venerated as a saint, a towering stone statue of the man was erected in the plaza which now bears his name. Alas, in the most recent Dravanian assault, a pack of wyverns set upon it with great fury, and now only half remains.
Old Saint Reinette's Forum
Named for a legendary dragoon who successfully tracked and revenged herself upon the dragon who tore apart her lover, Saint Reinette's Forum is another plaza built in the memory of those who fought valiantly in the name of Ishgard.
The Arc Of The Humble
Once she had fulfilled her destiny, Lady Reinette laid down her spear and became a woman of the cloth. She passed the remainder of her days in modesty as a nun, and dedicated her life to helping the poor and needy. For that reason, the enormous archway which leads to the forum bearing her name is called the "Arc of the Humble."
The Fury's Mercy
One of the mighty ballistas protecting the city, the Fury's Mercy is said to strike its target with a force so great that it dies instantly, and thus feels no pain.
Named for the thick fog which rolls in with altogether too much frequency, the lowest levels of the city are home to the poorest citizens of Ishgard. Noblemen and clergy rarely deign to venture below, preferring to ignore or speak in hushed tones of the Brume.
The proprietor of this modestly priced inn has been heard to boast that his beds are so soft and fluffy one will feel as though they are sleeping on a cloud. However, after paying their coin, one will quickly find that the mattresses are not stuffed with goosefeather, but hardened stacks of dry straw.
The Forgotten Knight
No one can say with confidence when the Forgotten Knight first opened its doors. The tavern has been passed down from former knight to former knight, each who was said to have bled for his nation. In keeping with tradition, the new proprietor receives an heirloom from the old: an ancient rusted sword inscribed with the words, "Brothers brave and true, live well, forgotten and content."
Congregation Of Our Knights Most Heavenly
The headquarters of the Temple Knights, the Congregation was estab- lished in Foundation that her knights might more effectively defend the paths leading to the Pillars, where the Vault, St. Reymanaud's Cathedral, and many other important religious institutions can be found.
The Lightfeather Proving Grounds
Originally established to host matches for battle-trained chocobos, the Lightfeather Proving Grounds, so named for the flurry of golden feathers left in the wake of a spirited fight, have since played host to a variety of spectacles, including more traditional knightly tournaments.
Once dedicated to the production of traditional arms and armor, House Haillenarte's Manufactory has since become a center for the research and development of ballistas, cannons, and other advanced armaments designed to fell dragons. Recently, they penned an agreement with Garlond Ironworks allowing them to begin mass production of small-scale airships.
The Holy Stables
In addition to the breeding and training of chocobos for Temple Knight cavaliers, the Holy Stables also host rigorous flight training for Ishgard's famous black thoroughbreds. 
- Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume I, page 159