The Four-Seasons fountain

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Quatre Saisons fountain Fountain

Also known as "Grenelle's fountain". Maybe the hugest fountain in Paris! Raised by Edme Bouchardon from 1739 to 1746, it used to bring fresh water to the whole district.

Look at this: we can see the allegory of Paris city, standing between rivers Seine and Marne. Low-reliefs represent 4 seasons.

But this fountain wasn’t unanimously welcomed, people even criticized it! Writer Voltaire said: “Lots of stones, but few water”! They even nicknamed it “deceptive fountain”, because of its low flow...

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