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La Fontaine des Eléphants, Chambery

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Fountain Monument
The heads of four-life size elephants burst from the base of La Fontaine des Eléphants. It is a strange sight to see elephants truncating a fountain in France, but it makes sense when you see the renowned military adventurer Benoit de Boigne’s statue installed on top. Boigne made his fortune in India and the elephants commemorate this Savoy native’s feats in that exotic land. When the fountain was first erected it was nicknamed “les quatre sans culs,” or “the four without arses,” by the annoyed locals. Eventually the memorial caught on and was accepted as a city landmark, but the nickname stuck. Plan to visit La Fontaine des Eléphants and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chambery attractions using our Chambery trip generator.
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  • This was the first tourist site we were shown by our guide. She informed us that it was known by locals as the 'quatre sans-derrieres' because the elephants had their front halves shown but not the re...  more »
  • To see the elephants fountain, unavoidable curiosity of Chambéry and strong emblem of this city. It was erected in memory of count Boigne to commemorate his battles in India.
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  • The beautiful, picturesque town with a fountain in the elephants on each page. We were just as organized a Festival and elephants were dressed in colours. Fountain point characteristic of all, a meeting place, around the restaurants, cafes, shops. Worth to see.
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  • Small fountain but quite beautiful.
  • A famous spot in Chambery, near by bus stops.
  • A good look here
  • It was nice but not a big deal.
  • Its chambery

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