Art@Site Gabriel Davioud Fontaine Saint Michel

Gabriel Davioud


Fontaine Saint Michel

Place Saint-Michel
The Fontaine Saint Michel is actually the tallest fountain in Paris and was designed by Gabriel Davioud and dedicated to the Arc Angel Michel, who is known as the Patron Saint of Warriors and this is a close up photo showing the central recess of the Fontaine Saint-Michel in between two of the red marble columns, with the sculpture of Saint Michel that was produced by Francisque Joseph Duret, but the rock that this statue stands on was produced by Felix Saupin.
The Fontaine Saint-Michel is a monumental fountain located in Place Saint-Michel in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. It was constructed in 1858–1860 during the French Second Empire by the architect Gabriel Davioud.
In September 1870, after the capture of Emperor Louis Napoleon by the Germans during the French-German War and his abdication, the fountain was threatened by a mob. On September 5, Davioud wrote an urgent letter to the Director of the Municipal Service of Promenades and Plantations:"A crowd of unarmed workers have just come to the Fontaine Saint-Michel..they apparently want to attack the fountain and want to deface the eagles and inscriptions on the upper part. What should I do?"
The fountain, along with other symbols of Louis Napoleon, was apparently attacked and damaged by mobs during the 1871 uprising and suppression of the Paris Commune. In 1872, Davioud was authorized by the Prefecture to make urgent repairs to the fountain. It was restored again in 1893.