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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  • We know the source by chance when we gathered for the walking tour to leave the square to your front. Represents Saint Michael with your sword in a beautiful monument. Represents the entry of Quatier Latin-one of the detached areas of Paris.
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  • The fountain is a beauty remarkable, impossible to pass without stopping, place front alive is an admirable place and the district and the fountain is the nerve center of the latin quarter.
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  • Pity the fountain does not work in winter, but quite well maintained monument, meeting place of many (Parisian or not!).
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  • It's one another great place to be. There are lots of care and bars around. The small shops on the roadside, the bookshops and Notre Dame makes this place much more significant.
  • The piece of history associated with it is very interesting. The fountain is on the open street.. It's a common meeting point for most walking tours in Paris.
  • Beautiful fountain with colored marble in saint Germain by the Latin quarter. Busy street running along both sides. People gather in front and people watch, play music. Many restaurants on either side and Notre Dame just on the other side of the Seine.
  • One of the most popular place in Paris. Very crowded but a definite thing to see if you are in Paris. Locals consider this as a rendezvous point.
  • Typical Frenvh Brasserie in nice location. Food was good, sevice was so so.
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