Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fountains: Fontaine du Palmier - Paris, France

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Fontaine du Palmier
(Palmier Fountain)
Paris, France
Topic:  Fountains

GPS: N 48° 51.443; E002° 20.828

Quick Description:

The Fontaine du Palmier is located in the  Place du Châtelet in Paris, France.

Long Description:

The Fontaine du Palmier was commissioned by Napoleon and constructed by Bralle between 1806 and 1808. The fountain was erected to celebrate the victory of Napoleon in Egypt. A gilder winged figure of Victory tops the column. In each hand she is holding a wreath, the symbol of victory. Four sphinxes at the corners of the monument spout water into the basin below. Rings that encircle the column commemorate Napoleon victories at:  the Siege of Danzig in 1807, the Battle of Ulm in 1805,  the Battle of Marengo in 1800, the Battle of the Pyramids in 1798, and the Battle of Lodi in 1796.

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