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)


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

18 thoughts on “Friday Fountain Challenge: October

  1. 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

    • 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.

      • 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!

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