Statue of Saint-Denys Reviews
Dans le 18ème arrondissement, au square Suzanne Buisson, vous découvrirez cette fontaine surplombée par la statue de Saint Denis, premier évêque de Paris, décapité et portant sa tête dans ses mains. C... more »In the 18th arrondissement, in Suzanne Buisson Square, you will discover this fountain overlooked by the statue of Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris, decapitated and holding his head in his hands. Created in 1941, this work is due to the sculptor Fernand Guignier. This statue has benefited from a beautiful renovation giving it back all its splendor and whiteness, to the delight of photographers and tourists. The fountain doesn't work... Metro line 12, station "Lamarck Caulaincourt".
Cette statue est située dans le square Suzanne-Buisson, nommé en mémoire de Suzanne Buisson (1883-1944), femme politique française, membre de la résistance, déportée et morte à Auschwitz. La statue de... more »This statue is located in Suzanne-Buisson Square, named after Suzanne Buisson (1883-1944), a French politician, member of the resistance, deported and dead at Auschwitz. The statue of Saint-Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was made in 1941 by the French painter and sculptor Fernand Charles Gaston Guignier (1902-1972). Who was Saint-Denis? The facts held by history: "Saint-Denis was sent on a mission to Roman Gaul (around 250, the date varies from the 19th to the 5th century) to convert the inhabitants to Christianity and was reportedly condemned by the Roman authorities who feared the spread of the Christianity, to die in the city of Lutetia (formerly known as Paris) by departing, with his fellow missionaries, the rustic priest and the archdeacon Éleuthera. Some versions instead place in Montmartre (the name meaning "Mount of Martyrs"), the place of the debout. To prevent the remains of the three martyrs from being thrown into the Seine, a Roman aristocrat named Catulla seizes them by cunning and has them buried in a field of her property. Later, Christians would have built a basilica here, the foundations of which are still under the ground of the present Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis." A very popular legend (there are several versions) tells that Saint Denis carried his head in his hands to his grave (6 km), where the Basilica of Saint-Denis was erected. The statue of Guignier depicts the Saint-Denis of the legend holding his head in his hands. It rises above a small fountain composed of a semi-circular basin which, according to legend, is the place where the saint washed his head after his debask, before continuing his way with his head in his hands, towards the crypt of the Basilica of Saint-Denis, where he was buried. Between history and legend, Saint-Denis remains, with Sainte-Geneviève, an important figure in the history of Paris, as evidenced by the painting by Léon Bonnat (1833-1922) entitled 'The Martyrdom of Saint Denis' on display in the Pantheon .
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