Fontaine des Mers, Paris

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  • The "Fountain of the Seas" is located in Place de la Concorde on the central plain land on the south side. It makes the counterpart to that of the "Rivers" located on the other side to the north. In 1831 the Vice King of Egypt, offered the Obelisk to France, which is in the center. As it is necessary to "dress" this square, the architect Jacques Hittorf is responsible for building two allegorical fountains from 1836 to 1840. The Fountain of the Seas must magnify the French genius on the seas of the globe. Hittorf places a large circular basin with an umbrella fountain in the center with crafted cauldron supported by Nereids with, at their feet, golden newts spitting water. It has in the basin, fish-tailed characters, which represent, the ocean, the Mediterranean, fishfishing, that of corals and that of pearls and shells. Each of them holds a fish that spits a jet into the central clin. Very colorful and with golden parts, this fountain is spectacular and enhances this square where the traffic spoils the frame a little. Hittorf used many artists to create this work of art. Access is via the metro station "Concorde" lines 1, 8 and 12 .
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  • In the 8th arrondissement, on the Place de la Concorde, on either side of the Obelisk of Luxor, you will discover two almost similar fountains. This is the Fountain of the Seas located towards the Concorde Bridge and the River Bridge on the other side. Two magnificent fountains to admire in detail. Metro station "Concorde."
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  • The Fontaines de la Concorde are two monumental fountains located in the Place de la Concorde in the center of Paris. They were designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, and completed in 1840 during the reign of King Louis-Philippe. The south fountain commemorates the maritime commerce and industry of France, and the north fountain commemorates navigation and commerce on the rivers of France.
  • There are two monumental fountains at Place de la Concorde which flank the Egyptian obelisk. These are the Fountain of Rivers (Fontaine des Fleuves) and the Fountain of Seas (Fontaine des Mers) to the south. These are the original works of Jacques Ignace Hittorff and were completed in 1840 during the reign of King Louis-Philippe. The two fountains are similar in chalice shape, form and composition with large stone basin pools, surrounded by figures of tritons an allegorical figures holding fish which spout water into the basins. The fountains each have decorative figures representing crafts. The Fountain of the Rivers is dedicated to the Rhone and Rhine and displays figures of industry, harvesting flowers and crops and river navigation. The Fountain of the Seas, on the other side of the plaza, is devoted to the Atlantic and Mediterranean with accompanying figures - astronomy, commerce harvesting of coral, pearls and fish and navigation. The two fountains are quite attractive and worth viewing, even during winter months when the fountains are not functioning. If you are visiting during the warmer months, they are a delight to view in the evening when lights illuminate the fountains.
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