Wallace Fountains

August 19th, 2013

Ever wonder about those green cast iron fountains that you see all over Paris?  Well, they’re call Wallace fountains after the British philanthropist who spearheaded and funded their creation after the Franc0-Prussian war and the Paris Commune uprising.  Designed by the sculptor Charles-Auguste Lebourg, the largest and most model is decorated with 4 caryatids representing kindness, simplicity, charity and sobriety.  Wallace funded 50 fountains but today there are 119.  If you look closely at the color photo you’ll see a thin stream of water descending from the center between the two caryatids.  Go ahead and fill your water bottles – or give your dog a drink!

If you haven’t just stumbled on any of these and want to seek them out you can click here to find a list of where they can be found along with a more detailed history.

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