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Technically the Fontaine du Palmier (named for the palm fronds which decorate the top), this large fountain, created between 1806-1808, is fairly well known in Paris. It was intended to provide drinking water to the neighborhood, and also to commemorate the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte, who had a thing for Egypt (sort of; his soldiers reportedly did shoot the nose off of the REAL sphinx while using it for target practice - this account is disputed, however). It's apparently the largest fountain still in existence which was constructed during his reign. It was reportedly one of fifteen fountains Napoleon commissioned in 1806. The central spire was modeled after a Roman triumphal column, actually; predecessors include the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. The palm leaves at the top commemorate Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, but other elements allude to other victories, at Danzig, Ulm, and Marengo. The lower basin of the fountain was actually added in 1858, during the reign of Louis Napoleon, and it was only at that time when the sphinxes, designed by Henri Alfred Jacqemart, were added. This is just one of the many gems in the city, where you simply round a corner, and see something unexpected and extraordinary.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1276] (2193)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-11-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-07-29 2:46
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