Curiosities of Paris, !!! Part IV

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures which need to be in my blog. This allows me to show additional looks of wonderful sights in my eternal Paris. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris, !!! part IV.

The Fontaine Saint-Michel (see post for more) fountain was built under the second empire in 1860, It includes a bronze group, inspired by Raphael’s painting in the Louvre, representing Saint Michael slaying the demon, Both dragons were sculpted by Henri-Alfred Jacquemart, Four statues top the pink columns of the fountain ; these are : Prudence, holding a mirror and a serpent, by Jean-Auguste Barre, Justice, holding a sword, by Elias Robert, Temperance, by Charles Gumery , and La Force, dressed in the skin of the Nemean lion and armed with the club of Hercules, by Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay.

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The Fontaine Saint-Michel is part of the aeration plan of the city planned by Haussmann under Napoleon III. The piercing of Boulevard Saint-Michel in the axis of the Sainte-Chapelle forced the creation of a square at the outlet of the Pont Saint-Michel, Haussmann ordered the establishment of this fountain in order to fill the angle between the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the place Saint-André-des-Arts and give a visual outlet to the perspective of the Boulevard du Palais. It is 26 meters high and 15 meters wide. The Fontaine Saint-Michel differs from other Parisian fountains by the use of polychromy: Red marble of Languedoc (columns), green marble, blue stone of Soignies, yellow limestone of Saint-Yllie.

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The Paris tourist office on the fontaine de Saint Michel:

There you go folks, two dandy wonderful spots in my eternal Paris, both a must to visit while you in Paris. I have enjoyed over the years my walks and road warrior rides around these places and each time is like the first time on them ! Again, hope you enjoy the latest curiosities of Paris post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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