Photographer's Note

Another photo of this magnificent fountain, just one of the many gems one casually comes across while walking through Paris. The Fountaine Saint-Michel is a work of the French Second Empire, in the Place Saint-Michel. It was supposed to feature on a new boulevard, during civic renovations in 1855. It initially was designed to feature a feminine statue of Peace in the central niche, but an 1858 plan called for replacing Peace with a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte, but amid much protest, Peace was replaced with the Archangel Michael wrestling with the devil, which remains to the present day. Construction began in 1858, and it was completed on August 15, 1860. It was nearly destroyed in 1870 during a riot where a mob threatened it, and it was actually damaged in 1871, but it was repaired, and again restored in 1893.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 88 W: 78 N: 949] (1735)
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