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  A Wallace Fountain
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  • A Wallace Fountain - Paris
      A Wallace Fountain
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  • In front of Chez Clement near the St Michel founta - Paris
      In front of Chez Clement near the St Michel founta
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  • Montmartre near Le Bateau Lavoir - Paris
      Montmartre near Le Bateau Lavoir
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There are over 100 of these fountains throughout Paris. This one, at the Cité Flower Market, has to be in about the most aesthetically unpleasing location for viewing.
The first 50 of the fountains were originally a gift of Sir Richard Wallace, given to Paris in 1872 because of his love of things French and his son's service in the French army. The fountains were to provide easily available drinking water for the city's residents. The designer was Charles-Auguste Lebourg; --the four 'goddesses' holding up the cap of the fountain stand for Simplicity, Temperance, Charity, and Goodness.
The fountains are turned off during the winter months.
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Website: http://www.atkielski.com/PhotoGallery/Paris/General/WallaceFountainLarge.html

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  • Updated Jan 3, 2006
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