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The Four-Seasons fountain

The fountain | Orlandojoseleon / CC-BY-SA
Fountain Quatre Saisons 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 the 4 seasons.

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

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