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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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  • Walking around Paris you see so many gems just any ole place. This fountain is one of those examples.  more »
  • This is Paris's most famous fountain! There's not another one like it! It features Saint Michael (Saint Michel in French) killing the Devil at the centre and dragon-like creatures on the edges. It's q...  more »
  • The fountain itself its great, but the monument looks like it is forgotten by the city! Hopefully they will clean it up!!  more »
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  • 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.
  • St Michel Fountain is located on Place Saint-Michel in the Latin Quarter. This monumental oversized fountain has ornately decorated arch, sculptured figures sprouting water and attention to detail are just amazing. St Michel fountain signifies the triumph of good over evil, characterised respectively by archangel Michael and a demon. The site is close to restaurants, pubs and bars. It is in walking distance to the Saint-Michel metro station. You can easily walk over from the island where the Notre Dome is on.
  • Good meeting place. Free tour starts here. Boulangerie nearby.