Fontaine Saint Michel

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.” – Joshua Hideki
Surprised?! Well, I wouldn’t really call myself a freethinker as i basically believe in all religions, I would rather prefer to be known as the “Multi-Religious Guru the Sage and Holy Mage High Priest Sacred Shaman Monk Prophet”……!!
…Try beating that!!
Seriously though, I’ve always thought of St. Michael as my guardian angel. I’ve lost count of the number I’ve actually recited this prayer every time I find myself in hot soup shit! Christianity being a major religion, I quickly found myself immersed in the Roman Catholic faith. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have a huge interest in religion, myths & legends, angels & demons.
So, we specially made a trip down today to visit the St. Michael Fountain today.
The fountain itself is actually quite close by the Notre Dame Cathedral.
In fact, it’s within walking distance to it.
Another reason for being here…
The numerous bars & pubs that line both sides of each, of the many streets!
Everything went to plan. The fountain was there and all, the pubs & bars were open. EXCEPT FOR ONE THING. THE FOUNTAIN WAS NOT WORKING!!!! !@#$%^&*
A dry fountain. Well I suppose now it looks more like an altar instead. Saint Michael must have cried himself dry, all his tears have since evaporated and he’s unable to cry again as does not have any left… Is this a bad omen? Will my guardian angel not protect me anymore? Has he given up on me?
….Then I toss a €1 coin into the dry fountain.
Bribery… I’m hopeless. I’ll probably be going to hell anyway.
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Fontaine Saint-Michel
St. Michael Fountain
The Fontaine Saint-Michel is one of Paris’s most monumental fountains. The fountain symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, represented respectively by archangel Michael and a demon.
The fountain graces a wall bordering Place Saint-Michel, a square on the left bank of Paris that for many is the starting point of an excursion into the Latin Quarter.
Creation
As part of his project to redevelop and beautify Paris, Baron Haussmann commissioned architect Gabriel Davioud with the creation of a new monumental fountain to mask a blind wall. Davioud, probably inspired by famous fountains such as the Trevi Fountain in Rome and the Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg, created an impressive masterpiece, decorated with plenty of sculptures and ornaments.
The Fountain
Davioud’s fountain is huge in scale: it measures 26 meters high and 15 meters wide (85 x 49 ft). The centerpiece is the bronze statue of St. Michael. The archangel is shown in Roman garb, brandishing his sword of fire and seemingly ready to strike the demon. The sculpture group, a work of the French sculptor Francisque Duret, stands in a niche and rests on an artificial rock.
On either side of the niche are Corinthian columns of red marble. There are four columns in total, each bearing a statue representing one of the four cardinal virtues: Prudence, Fortitude, Justice and Temperance. Each of these statues was created by a different artist. Above the statue of St. Michael is a frieze with reliefs of festoons and putti. Above, a large marble plaque shows the year of dedication, 1860, inscribed in Roman numerals. At the top of the fountain are two allegorical statues of Might and Moderation, flanking the emblem of Paris.
In front of the fountain, to the left and right of a large basin, are two ferocious looking water-spouting dragons. The statues were created by Henri-Alfred Jacquemart, a sculptor who specialized in the creation of animal statues.
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