Fontaine Saint-Michel, Paris by Catherine C.  Turner

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The fountain is in the Place Saint-Michel, at the northern end of the Boulevard Saint-Michel, across the Seine from Notre Dame.
Originally proposed by Napoleon I, it is Saint-Michel with two dragons that gargle water into the fountain. It was constructed by Gabriel Davioud in 1855.

Saint Michael is an Archangel and was the Leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising. Devotion is common to Muslims, Christians and Jews with writings about him in all three cultures. From this, he is the Patron Saint of soldiers (amongst his 72 patronages). Michael means: Who is like God? (the battle cry of the heaven forces during the uprising). [Source:]]

I took this photo in March 08 when I was on holiday with my husband who was on leave from an Army deployment overseas. I had given him a medal of St. Michael, rather than St. Christopher, because of his patronage. My husband and I stumbled on this fountain the day before we left Paris, so it means a lot to me.

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N.B. The feature logo was prepared by myself but inspired by a design originally done by Natalie Perkins

Catherine C. Turner is an emerging military history author (3rd gen war vet) who dabbles in photography as a hobby. In 2008, the first year she tried her hand at the photography, she was shortlisted in two photographic prizes.

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  • Beth A
    Beth Aover 6 years ago

    Nice Shot well framed, love the balance of colour

  • Thanks so much betha! Much appreciated.

    – Catherine C. Turner

  • jack01
    jack01over 6 years ago

    very nice

  • Thanks jack01! Very much appreciated.

    – Catherine C. Turner

  • chord0
    chord0over 6 years ago

    this is a great photo of this superb sculpture, Saint Michael is also mentioned in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
    A nice addition also to the Green group

  • Thanks for the encouragement chord0, I’ll put it up for the Green group.

    – Catherine C. Turner

  • Matt Bottos
    Matt Bottosalmost 6 years ago

    ooooh Saint Michel .. one of my favs! I love the way he is so at ease as he tramples all over the devil! Dont suppose you got to visit Mont St Michel when in France? It’s an amazing place!

  • No, I didn’t make it to Mont St Michel … but I do love this fountain! ;-) Thanks for commenting.

    – Catherine C. Turner

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