Fontaine Charlemagne, Paris

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  • This fountain is located at no. 8 Rue Charlemagne, backed by the former presbytery of the Church of Saint Paul Saint Louis. When it was built in 1840, it was located on St. Paul's priests Street. The name given to him is therefore incorrect, but there are no others! Its style is classic with a stone frame, pilasters, topped by a marquee decorated with weapons of Paris, framed by sculpted aquatic plants. The pediment is carved from the year of construction "years M. DCCC. XL ". The fountain is placed under a half-vaulted Arch of aquatic plants and animals. A cast iron basin with a carved edge, is topped by a "Triton" that smiles, holding a shell above the head. At the foot of the ringed round basin, Dolphin heads emerge, mouth open! Normally when it works, the water flows into the basin from the shell held by the Triton. Then, thanks to a conduit, it flows into the masonry basin, located at the foot of the fountain, through the open mouths of dolphins. All this water path must be attractive, but alas, like most Parisian fountains, this one is stopped. The fountain, which also bears the descriptive name "Fountain of child wearing a shell", which is not better, is by Hubert Lavigne (1818-1882). Lavigne is not very well known to the public. He was a sculptor, engraver and writer. He worked for the new Louvre of the XIX century and the fountain Saint Michel this fountain is accessible by metro station "Saint Paul" line n ° 1; Then you have to take the narrow street of the Provost to Charlemagne Street, which must be left.
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  • In the 4th arrondissement, rue Charlemagne, where you will find the high school of the same name and the remains of the walls of Philippe-Auguste, against the wall of the presbytery of the old church of St. Paul and at the intersection with the street of the Jardins Saint-Paul, you will discover This fountain also called "Fountain of the child with the shell". Created in 1840, it is the work of the Foundry Val d'osne in Haute-Marne and the sculptor Hubert Lavigne, who died in Paris in 1882. I joined a vintage photo. It is composed of a pediment presenting the weapons of the city of Paris and the year in Roman numerals "Mr. DCCC. XL ". The fountain is located in a niche decorated with aquatic animals and plants. Dolphins support the basin in which a child holds a shell above his head. It's not working. You can come by Metro, line 1, station "Saint Paul", line 7, stations "Pont Marie" or "Sully MORLAND".
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  • Charlemagne du Lycée on the back of the Saint-Paul-St. Louis Church (Paroisse Saint-Paul Saint-Louis), along the Rue Charlemagne of Sylmani Charlemagne, Fontaine Charlemagne) is built in 1840.
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