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“Beautiful fountain and church”

Fontaine Saint-Sulpice
Ranked #206 of 1,865 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: This fountain, located in front of the St. Sulpice church, honors four of France's most famous Christians.
Reviewed July 31, 2016

This fountain and plaza are beautiful! A little off the beaten path, but worth a look! The church is huge and needs some work but is interesting to see. Spend some time watching the lions of the fountain and enjoy being in the sunshine!

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Reviewed June 18, 2016

Another beautiful cathedral. Our guide pointed out the window which, on a certain day of each year, sunlight illuminates a brass line running across the floor to an obelisk on the far wall. The church organ is supposed to be one of the best sounding.

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Reviewed April 8, 2016

La Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, is located Place Saint Sulpice, on the forecourt of the church that gives it its name, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It is sometimes called fountain of preachers and also maliciously called fountain of four point (s) Cardinals because it is decorated with four statues of Catholic Bishops, famous preachers of the era of Louis XIV, but that never appointed cardinals. But the faces of the fountain are roughly aligned with the cardinal points.

The fountain was built from 1843 to 1848 by the architect Louis Visconti (1791-1853) and the contractor Vivenel Antoine (1799-1862), it occupies the center of the square, originally, according to Giovanni plans Niccolo Servandoni, had to meet an urban project that will not be completed. At one end of the square, was the Fountain of Peace, built in 1807, which had to be moved in 1824 because of this project.
It is a monumental fountain of imposing dimensions. On an underbody consists of three octagonal ponds arranged pyramid the first of which about 10 meters wide, stands a massive shrine square base complete with a canopy roof with a cross finial. All reached the height of about 12 meters. Each side of the entrance building, topped by a pediment sheltering episcopal coat of arms is surrounded by pilasters and houses a niche where the statues are located, larger than life, sit bishops. The second pool is decorated with four lions standing between their legs the arms of Paris, the angles of the third basin are four basins from which water flows. The whole is treated in a renaissance style, with its waterfalls formed by the upper two infinity pools, the fountain provides a nice set, balanced and attractive.
The four bishops were represented speakers remarked at the time of Louis XIV:
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704), Bishop of Meaux, statue by Jean-Jacques Feuchère, north face;
François de Salignac de La Mothe Fenelon said Fenelon (1651-1715), Archbishop of Cambrai, statue by François Lanno, east side;
Spirit Fléchier (1632-1710), Bishop of Lavaur and of Nîmes, statue by Louis Desprez, west side;
Jean Baptiste Massillon (1663-1742), bishop of Clermont-Ferrand, statue by Jacques-Auguste Fauginet, South face.
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Reviewed February 25, 2016

The Saint-Sulpice fountain, situated in front of the Church of Saint-Sulpice, is a piece of stunningly beautiful architecture. The upper level of this gorgeous fountain is adorned by elaborate statues of four bishops, one on each side. The lower level of the fountain is guarded by four majestic sculpted lions. It’s almost mesmerizing to watch the water smoothly cascade down the fountain levels. The Church of Saint-Sulpice, with this fountain in the foreground, makes for a great photo opportunity. Beautiful to look at, this place is definitely worth a visit.

Thank Alexandra C
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Reviewed January 14, 2016

I come to this Place and the Church every time I'm in Paris. I always plan to be in the City on a Sunday so I can hear the free concerts on the magnificent, huge, organ. Sometimes the water is turned on in the enormous fountain and one can really spend hours in that setting. Very close to Hotel Pas de Calais, few blocks from Blvd. Saint Germain.

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