St. Sulpice Fountain, Paris

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Also known as the Fontaine de la place Saint-Sulpice or as the Fontaine des Orateurs-Sacré, St. Sulpice Fountain is a monumental fountain you can find located in Place Saint-Sulpice. It was constructed between 1843 and 1848 by the architect Louis Visconti, who also designed the tomb of Napoleon.

Four figures stand prominent on the fountain and represent four French religious figures of the 17th century famous for their eloquence, including Bossuet, Fénelon, Fléchier, and Massillon. The fountain was criticized when it opened, because of the incoherence of the iconography and details. One critic noted that the vases pouring water were "veritable cooking pots." Describing the lions, another critic wrote that "everything about them shows their irritation at the water pouring onto their rear ends."

Upon visiting this large, impressive fountain, you can decide for yourself just how magnificent the landmark is. Plan to visit St. Sulpice Fountain during your Paris vacation using our convenient Paris sightseeing site .
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  • October 1, 2017
    A beautiful Fountain on place Saint Sulpice facing the Church, monumental and very lively with a good flow of water and a bestiary speaking: Lions wide open mouth! So do not approach too close because they might eat you up alive. Classified historical monument is a "recent" Fountain built in the 19th century. It represents 4 bishops under the reign of Louis XIV, who never became Cardinal but known for oratorical talent. Grandeur nature and even if high perched, impressive portraits. So, if you think about it, this choice of bishops, provincial in addition, who have not progressed in the ecclesiastical hierarchy but gifted to express and deliver a message, tell us something about the world and society that transcends eras: this are these real faith, real conviction men who do not have favors and probably have nothing to do, only able to move the lines, to mobilize people, to give a course, to show the future and point hope. Disinterested necessarily men of heart above all men. So when you look at the fountain Saint Sulpice, also consider the hidden message it might conceal. Tip: take the time to make the full turn and ask you to listen to and enjoy the spectacle of water on a bench.
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  • September 30, 2017
    The fountain. He is known as the fountain of the four bishops from four as members of the scholars from the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. Yet fun look Lions lying on their foot. All in all very nice fountain be great complements to the nearby church of St. Sulpicius.
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  • September 25, 2017
    Fontaine Saint-Sulpice reside on the homonymous square in front of the Church. Renaissance fountain height of 12 meters, beautifully decorated with: bottom three octagonal basin; on the second level of the Lions with the coat of arms of Paris; the third Bowl with masks, open mouths water flow. At the very top of the backplate with a dome and niches in which the statues of four French bishops.
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