Fontaine du Palmier, Paris

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The Fontaine du Palmier or Fontaine de la Victoire is a monumental fountain located in the Place du Châtelet, between the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre de la Ville, in the First Arrondissement of Paris. It was designed to provide fresh drinking water to the population of the neighborhood and to commemorate the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the largest fountain built during Napoleon's reign still in existence. The closest métro station is Châtelet 15px 15px 15px 15px 15px 15px
The Fountain du Palmier was one of a series of fifteen fountains commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to his minister of the Interior, Emmanuel Cretet. It was designed by the engineer François-Jean Bralle, who was in charge of the Paris fountains and water supply during the First Empire. It was finished in 1808.
The column, modeled after a Roman triumphal column, takes its name from the sculpted palm leaves at the top, commemorating Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign. The bands of bronze on the column pay tribute to Napoleon's victories at the siege of Danzig (1807), the Battle of Ulm (1805), the Battle of Marengo (1800), the Battle of the Pyramids (1798), and the Battle of Lodi (1796).
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  • It was built in the early 19th in honor of the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. Located next to the Menal Bridge. One of my favorites in Paris!
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  • Here's a beautiful source with running water. Situated in the centre of Place Châtelet, this fountain was made in the first half of the 19th century. XIX to celebrate some French victories on the battlefield. It has a circular shape six meters in diameter, from which part a column that looks like a palm trunk, eighteen meters high. On top of the trunk is the goddess Victoria, with a laurel crown in each hand. Four allegorical figures are at the base of the source: prudence, temperance, justice and strength. It is a work by the French sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809).
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  • Place du Châtelet is a public square near Pont au Change on the Right Bank side of the Seine River. The most interesting thing to see here is the Fontaine du Palmier which was designed in 1806 by François-Jean Bralle. What you see here is a fountain basin with an 18 metre tall decorative column, topped by a gilded figure of the goddess Victory. The base of the column is surrounded by four allegorical figures. It stands upon a wider plinth with four sphinx figures, each with spouts spilled into the basin below. It is an attractive fountain monument that is worth spending a few minutes to enjoy if you plan to pass through this area of the Right Bank. Give it a quick look-see before carrying on with other intended sightseeing.
  • Beautiful fountain that is nearby around on your way to Notre-Dame. Paris is such an exhilarating city that you have to remember to look up around to discover even the small things.
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