"Fontaine des Innocents" Saint Merri Church - Eglise Tip by sim1

Saint Merri Church - Eglise, Paris: 5 reviews and 15 photos

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It's just a short walk from the church of St.Merri to get to the Square the Innocents with its fountain of the 16th century called "Fontaine des Innocents". I found it quite interesting to read that this is actually not the original place of the fountain. The fountain used be located on the Rue Saint-Denis, beside the graveyard "cimetière des Saint-Innocents". As the graveyard needed more space, they decided to move the fountain to here in 1788. Nowadays it is the only Renaissance fountain left in Paris and I am glad that they kept it! It is quite nice to see. The fountain was designed in 1549 by Pierre Lescot and in decorated in 1550 by Jean Goujon with the prominent sculptures.

Each side of the fountain is a little roman arch, decorated on either side by two nymphs pouring water (see pic 2). Above the arches you can see some playfull little angels (pic 3).

Address: Square des Innocents
Directions: Métro stop: Chatelet, Les Halles
Phone: +33 1 42 71 93 93
Website: http://www.saintmerri.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 11, 2006
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