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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. Use our Paris trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Fontaine Saint-Michel and other attractions in Paris.
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  • This fountain has long been a popular meeting place in the middle of the university quarter on the Left Bank. Built by Haussmann as a monument at the beginning of Blvd. Saint-Michel. Pretty. Lots of g...  more »
  • Start the Latin quarter, in the Quartier Latin, the district's reading tents, the entrance to the Sorbonne University, the tourist varied from Paris, the area of the small restaurants Brasseries and area facing the imposing Notre Damme. To one side at the edge of the so-called Senna Quai will find old sellers of used books and other antique, some antiques and shops on long road to the Musée d'Orsay. Paris is beautiful!
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  • Built under the second empire, when baron Haussmann trace the broad lines of a new Paris, this fountain is not without allure. However, it is quite often a bit dirty... It is one of the places of visit you on the left bank.
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  • Good atmosphere, great location, maybe a bit pricy, but not surprising for the location. Service was OK for Paris, food was nice, not massively hot. Overall I'd recommend for a bite to eat. Absolutely brilliant for a drink stop. Great place to watch the world go by. I think I'll be going back.
  • Nice fountain and square to visit while in Paris. Several shops around where you can grab a coffee and snack and sit about and people watch. Beautiful at night when the square is illuminated.
  • Magical, the spot there is so lively and like other places in Paris there's always someone performing there
  • We had first visited this fabulous fountain during have first stay in Paris during 2013. When we recently made our second visit to Paris, we decided that there were some attractions which we would like to see again. One such attraction was the Fontaine Saint-Michel. Located at the gateway to the Left Bank, the fountain was a reasonably long walk from our hotel located the other side of the River Seine. During our most recent stay in Paris, we were able to access the fountain via the use of our 48 hour passes for a hop-on, hop-off tour bus. Once we arrived at the small square where the fountain is located, we found the fountain to be just as we remembered it to be from our previous visit. Its ornately decorated arch, with its sculptured figures sprouting water in different directions, was as attractive as we remembered it. The other familiar feature of the fountain and its surrounds were the crowds of people in the vicinity. Because this is a gateway to one of the most significant areas of the Left Bank, crowds of tourists are obviously attracted to the area. As well as crowds of tourists and locals, as during our first visit, there were also buskers and street performers, there to entertain the crowds and earn a bit of money for themselves. This fabulous fountain and the fabulous location, in which it is situated, are well worth a visit if you happen to be a leisure visitor to Paris.
  • The fountain is beautiful, the attention to detail is just amazing. But, my favorite part about this is actually the location it is in. This is the "college" part of town where there is a lot of bar and eatery around. Great for night strolling to grab a few drinks and deserts.