Fontaine des Mers, Paris

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  • The source referred to in this opinion is the source on the south side of Place de la Concorde. Here we can appreciate two equal or similar sources, the south side, the "source of the Seas" and the north side, the "source of the rivers", with the obelisk of Luxor among them. These two water games make this large square a nicer place to be, broadcasting freshness.
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  • This one is really beautiful with different colors. In fact, the different characters are not made of bronze but iron cast iron and these are painted. I loved it.
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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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