Fontaine Maubuee, Paris

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  • In the 4th arrondissement, at the intersection of Rue Saint-Martin and the alley of Venice, you will discover one of the oldest fountains in Paris. The "Maubuée fountain" was created in the 14th century and appears in the writings in 1392. Its name would mean "bad laundry" because of the poor quality of its water at the time. As for the current fountain, it was created in 1733 by the architect Jean Beausire and his son. Because it was on the site of the Centre Georges Pompidou, it was moved to its current location in 1937. It's not working. It is inscribed in the historical monuments in 1926. You can come by Metro, line 11, station "Rambuteau".
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  • This corner pillar fountain is located on Rue Saint Martin at n ° 129, at the corner of the small street of Venice, in front of the Pompidou Centre. I'm sure that, so discreet, a lot of people in the neighborhood are passing by without noticing. This is what a lady told me, who lives in the building, seeing me photographing her!! . It seems to be one of the oldest Parisian fountains, which dates from 1392, where it appears in letters patent about concession by Charles VI on the waters of Paris. However, the one seen today was carried out by Jean Beausire in 1733, on a first site of the old one. One can see by approaching, because time has done its work, a low relief representing, a vase of style "rockery" IE Rococo. One can guess its ringed edges, surrounded by plants and carved reeds. During the realization of the Pompidou Centre, this fountain was moved and was brought back here. The fountain is topped by a simple marquee carved from Paris weapons, with the traditional sailing boat, "which floats but does not Dim". François Villon, poet, sang this fountain in this old French, which characterizes him saying "a maubuée, his throat arouse" which can be translated by, he thirst his throat at the fountain maubuée. Moreover, its name suggests that its water, which originates from the springs of Belleville, would not be of very good quality. Maumist translates, as can be imagined by "bad water". However, today, the copper pipe, which comes out of the carved pedestal of the fountain vase, does not leave anything out, like many Parisian fountains, alas! This fountain is accessible by metro station "Rambuteau" line n ° 11. Then you have to take the rue du Grenier Saint Lazare and the third on the left, rue Saint Martin.
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  • A Curious 18TH-century fountain that doesn't work today. It Is more a testimony than something to admire, the most interesting its historical value and as it is right in front of the entrance of the Centre Pompidou is easy to get to see it.
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