Fontaine Saint-Michel, Paris

Catherine C.  Turner

Joined January 2008

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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: http://saints.sqpn.com/saintm06.htm]]

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.


Other shots of Christian Iconography
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N.B. The feature logo was prepared by myself but inspired by a design originally done by Natalie Perkins

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