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Fontaine des Innocents

43 rue Saint Denis, 75001 Paris, France
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“cemetery” (7 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
43 rue Saint Denis, 75001 Paris, France
Les Halles
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Reviewed 3 days ago

During a stroll in the neighbourhood of Les Halles we came upon this 16th century drinking fountain in Renaissance style, decorated with beautifully carved water nymphs (naiads), tritons and other mythological creatures. Originally it was an open loggia placed against a church (Eglise des Innocents)...More

Thank Trainbleu
Reviewed 5 days ago

This somber and unimpressive looking fountain in the Les Halles district, felt more like something you'd expect to see in a cemetery. It has that look and feel about it. The square in which it sits appeared quite popular, with many people sitting around it....More

Thank StockholmKindaGuy
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This is a beautiful historic fountain that has been surrounded by modern Paris with the new station at Les Halles. Still the Fontaine is a source around which people congregate in any age. It was very popular with people all around on a Monday afternoon...More

Thank Grover R
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is a monumental public fountain located on the place Joachim-du-Bellay in the Les Halles district. Originally called the Fountain of the Nymphs, it was constructed between 1547 and 1550 by architect Pierre Lescot and sculptor Jean Goujon and is the oldest monumental fountain in...More

Thank R K
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

This 470 year old fountain sits above the old central cemetery in Paris. Hopefully all the bones have been move since! The fountain is a good condition for its age and still works. Popular place on a Saturday to sir around, but some of the...More

Thank Max C
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I find it kind of funny I was quite taken by this fountain. Maybe there are some characters about and the fountain needs a little cleaning but I loved the gushing water on all 4 sides and found it soothing in the hustle and bustle..

Thank SeeingTHEworld2012
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This has a potential of being a really nice place but when we arrived there was no water, the place was totally deserted (OK, it was a Sunday...) so we couldn't even sit on a bench. The next day when we went by, the shops...More

Thank Davegol
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The fountain is very nice, but there was no water in it and it looks a lot of wear in it. It needs maintenance so it will be in great shape!!

Thank ljaidar
Reviewed 2 April 2017

This was once the site of the city's old cemetery, long shut down with the bones moved to the Catacombs. Good idea since this was in the middle of the market area and it was unhealthy. This old lovely fountain was a source of water.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 22 September 2016

The square and fountain are impressive but it is a living part of the city. There is lots of activity. Watch your wallet. Close do Les Halles so you're likely right beside it anyway.

Thank GVancouver
Les Halles
Historically the central iron-clad market of Paris,
Les Halles has evolved architecturally since then but
the pulsating energy has stayed the same. Now it
houses the main shopping mall, which nestles
underground surrounded by fast-food take-aways and
international restaurants coupled with beautiful
churches and the old commodity exchange. Parallel to
it are the high-street stores of Rue de Rivoli and
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