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Sreet artist on the Place Saint-Michel.

This place is is known as the site of the Fontaine Saint-Michel (St. Michael Fountain), constructed by Gabriel Davioud in 1855-60. Nine major sculptors participated. Originally, the fountain's central statue was supposed to depict Napoleon Bonaparte, but the original conception came under criticism from opponents of Napoleon III; it was finally decided that the statue would be an image of Saint Michael, the Archangel (Saint Michel in French), with two dragons that spout water into the fountain and figures of the four classical cardinal virtues.

Most of the time it is the place where people meet before going having a drink or diner and artists make their show.

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Additional Photos by Frederic GODEBOUT (delnaja) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1004 W: 19 N: 165] (2056)
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