Fontaine des Innocents, Paris

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Louvre, Paris. Brooklyn Museum Archives, Goodyear Archival CollectionThe Fontaine des Innocents is a monumental public fountain located on the place Joachim-du-Bellay in the Les Halles district in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. Originally called the Fountain of the Nymphs, it was constructed between 1547 and 1550 by architect Pierre Lescot and sculptor Jean Goujon in the new style of the French Renaissance. It is the oldest monumental fountain in Paris.HistoryThe fountain was commissioned as part of the decoration of the city to commemorate the solemn royal entry of King Henry II into Paris in 1549. Artists were commissioned to construct elaborate monuments, mostly temporary, along his route, from the Port Saint-Denis to the Palais de la Cité, passing by le Châtelet, the Pont Notre-Dame and the Cathedral. The fountain was placed on the site of an earlier fountain dating to the reign of Philip II of France, against the wall of the Saints Innocents Cemetery, at the corner of rue Saint Denis (where the King's procession passed) and rue aux Fers (today's rue Berger), with two façades on one street, one façade on the other. It was to serve as a fountain as well as a grand reviewing stand for local notables; it resembled the walls of a large residence, with water taps along the street at the street level, and a stairway to the loggia on the upper level, where officials stood on the balcony to greet the King. Its original name was the Fountain of the Nymphs.
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  • To admire this beautiful Fountain, you have to go between Châtelet and Les Halles, on Rue Saint-Denis. It was built in the middle of the 16th century, it is of square shape, each side being a kind of arch composed of a large arcade magnified by bas-reliefs depicting mythological scenes and topped with a pediment of classical style, the whole covered with a dome. The flow of water is designed in the form of 4 small waterfalls that spill on a stair game, it is very sober and elegant. The current waterfall, already very old, replaces another originally even older. I often say that the city lacks a fountain, and I would have preferred that one does not replace the other, but adds to the other to have 2 fountains. I keep in mind, however, that Paris was much greener at the time than today, which changes a little. Moreover, the fountain of the Châtelet is relatively close, so I relates my opinion.
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  • The fountain of the innocents, which is close to the Forum des Halles, has been displaced by two times, was built in the 16th century. There is an Aure fontazinr of the same name, in the Montmartre district: see the opinion of Gerdom59
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  • A must see historical landmark in Paris. It’ amazing when the water running, and amazing the fact how many centuries it survived.
  • Landmark in a lively neighborhood. Good to sit around the sides with a beer on a sunny summer day or with a hot chocolate during wintertime
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