Fontaine des Innocents, Paris

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Louvre, Paris. Brooklyn Museum Archives, Goodyear Archival CollectionThe Fontaine des Innocents is a monumental public fountain located on the place Joachim-du-Bellay in the Les Halles district in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. Originally called the Fountain of the Nymphs, it was constructed between 1547 and 1550 by architect Pierre Lescot and sculptor Jean Goujon in the new style of the French Renaissance. It is the oldest monumental fountain in Paris.HistoryThe fountain was commissioned as part of the decoration of the city to commemorate the solemn royal entry of King Henry II into Paris in 1549. Artists were commissioned to construct elaborate monuments, mostly temporary, along his route, from the Port Saint-Denis to the Palais de la Cité, passing by le Châtelet, the Pont Notre-Dame and the Cathedral. The fountain was placed on the site of an earlier fountain dating to the reign of Philip II of France, against the wall of the Saints Innocents Cemetery, at the corner of rue Saint Denis (where the King's procession passed) and rue aux Fers (today's rue Berger), with two façades on one street, one façade on the other. It was to serve as a fountain as well as a grand reviewing stand for local notables; it resembled the walls of a large residence, with water taps along the street at the street level, and a stairway to the loggia on the upper level, where officials stood on the balcony to greet the King. Its original name was the Fountain of the Nymphs.
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  • Located near Les Halles, within Place Joachim-du-Bellay, which is a popular meeting place for the locals. Built in the 1500’s, it was a monumental fountain in its day, quite impressive even today.  more »
  • Due to the fact it was own very early February the fountain was turned off. The monument itself ilooks good but needs a bit of clean up.  more »
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  • A must see historical landmark in Paris. It’ amazing when the water running, and amazing the fact how many centuries it survived.
  • Landmark in a lively neighborhood. Good to sit around the sides with a beer on a sunny summer day or with a hot chocolate during wintertime

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