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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  • Walk left bank, pretty place. If you come late afternoon, very beautiful lying sunbathing on the fountain and the Church Saint Sulpice in the background. Photo online for the sunset.
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  • The fountain of St. Sulpice is at the center of the square of the same name and is also known as the fountain of the 4 cardinal points because of the 4 statues representing the bishops preachers of the age of Louis XIV. The area is a bit dark but a few meters we are in the heart of the Latin quarter, so it's easily accessible and worth a quick visit for the imposing church overlooking the square.
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  • St Sulpice Fountain is directly in front of Eglise Saint Sulpice church and is hard to miss if you’re visiting the church. It won’t take long to look at and is quite nice to look at, so I recommend ch...  more »

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