Friday Fountain Challenge: October

The Concorde Fountain – Paris


The Fontaines de la Concorde are two monumental fountains located in the Place de la Concorde in the centre of Paris. They were designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, and completed in 1840 during the reign of King Louis-Philippe. The south fountain commemorates the maritime commerce and industry of France, and the north fountain commemorates navigation and commerce on the rivers of France.

Twelve different sculptors worked on the statuary of the fountains, closely supervised by Hittorff, who made sure that the entire ensemble would be harmonious and balanced. A prominent feature of the design of both fountains was a mushroom-shaped cap above the central vasque. Water was to jet from the top of the cap and then cascade downward into a circular vasque, then down into a large circular basin below. The major figures of the fountains were made of cast iron, florentined, or painted with bronze and gold paint. The smaller figures of the tritons and nereids were made of bronze. In 1862–63, the fountains were restored, and the bronze and gold paint was replaced with a bronze coating. (Wikipedia)


If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This month she is looking for stately or ornate fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.


18 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    Oh dear, I’ve got my naughty head on. I must be feeling better 🙂 I can see 2 very prominent features.
    Hope you’re feeling better too?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Head still feels like it is exploding and now I am all gunged up and coughing which makes my throat and ribs hurt! I loathe colds… can’t hear anything, can’t taste anything…

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s Paris. What else can I say? 😉

  3. Just love all that bling.

  4. I’ve seen this one, but I didn’t know the story behind it. Thanks for the history lesson!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It has been interesting learning about the fountains I photograph! I probably wouldn’t have bothered to look them up if not for the challenge.

  5. I thought last week’s was as monumental as it got. I was wrong! This is MONUMENTAL, oh, and beautifully photographed too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m astonished at how many fountain photos I actually have! One thing about the challenge and finally posting them is that it made me research them.

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    So much detail isn’t there?

  7. polianthus says:

    what a beauty. Did I tell you I lived in Paris for a year, do I have any fountain photos? Perhaps from the Jardin du Luxembourg, I seem to remember some small fountains there, can I find them,.. Nope

    1. Heyjude says:

      I would have loved to have lived in Paris for a year! I don’t think I ever made it into the Jardin du Luxembourg, my last visit was in a very cold spring when wet weather put paid to a lot of my plans. I’ll check the archives for any other Parisian fountains, but I fear this may be the last.

      1. polianthus says:

        Hiya Jude – I loved it there, lived in Montparnasse. I walked a lot, saw so much of the city, it’s one of the most beautiful in the world for me, I love the light, great for perfect photography. There is something special about the sky above Paris. Happy weekend!

  8. I must have seen these, but not close up. It’s amazing how many people were involved in their making.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not a fountain you can easily miss!

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