Fontaine Saint-Michel, Paris

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Located in Place Saint-Michel, Fontaine Saint-Michel is an impressive fountain constructed during 1858 to 1860. You may find this especially interesting considering it is not like most fountains in Paris. This fountain used different colors of stone--columns of red marble from Languedoc, green marble, blue stone from Soignies, yellow stone from Saint-Yllie, and bronze statues.

Fontaine Saint-Michel was also the last monumental wall fountain built in Paris, the end of a traditional Renaissance style which had begun with the Medici Fountain in the 17th century and continued with the Fontaine des Quatre-Saisons in the 18th century. The later monumental fountains in Paris were all free-standing in the centers of squares or parks. To visit Fontaine Saint-Michel and other attractions in Paris, use our Paris trip planner .
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  • If you go through the Latin quarter, famous for its streets full of restaurants and cafes don't visit this beautiful fountain and neuralgic District website
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  • From the banks of the Seine on the left bank is very beautiful, original and memorable fountain, which symbolizes the remarkable Paris Latin quarter.
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  • I am staying in the Latin Quarter on my visit to Paris and pass this fountain every day. It is big, impressive and beautiful with a lot of people (mostly tourists) around it taking photos. It is in Pl...  more »
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  • The Glory of God is on display in the heart of Paris. Micheal the Archangel holds his sword high as he keeps his foot on defeated satan. God's victory is revealed. This spiritual reality is manifested to every person who sees this fountain. This is a MUST SEE if you are in Paris. Praise God for His wisdom.
  • Took the best picture ever at this place it's amazing so much history and alot of work went into this sculpture
  • Amazing fountain. Come here and ask the archangel saint Michael to keep you safe while traveling. There it a lot of shade and the freshness of the water flowing will cool you down.
  • Beware of organized pickpockets. They bring fake "petitions" for you to sign. When you take their boards to sign the petition, they steal your wallet or other valuables. Beautiful fountain, but Paris really needs to step up their police surveillance. Paris police have made a very informative video online to show the most common scams. Enjoy your trip, but be careful.
  • Fun place to stand for a while, normally amid the hyper-activity of people and cars all around, and soak in throbbing city life. The soaring sculpture and fountain is weathered and careworn but still makes a striking sidewalk monument to gaze upon. Exceptional mix of humanity collects there.

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