Fontaine des Innocents
Fontaine des Innocents
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Neighbourhood: Les Halles
Historically the central iron-clad market of Paris, Les Halles has evolved architecturally since then but the pulsating energy has stayed the same. Now it houses the main shopping mall, which nestles underground surrounded by fast-food take-aways and international restaurants coupled with beautiful churches and the old commodity exchange. Parallel to it are the high-street stores of Rue de Rivoli and just parallel to that the Seine. The area bustles with faces from all continents and all ages at all times of the day. If enjoying high-street shopping with easy access to fast eateries and lively bars is on your agenda, this is the place to go.
How to get there
  • Châtelet – Les Halles • 2 min walk
  • Châtelet – Les Halles • 2 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very historic, this fountain has been here for centuries, originally the centerpiece of a market area that bordered on a cemetery. The cemetery and the market are gone, but this fountain remains a gathering place and the center of one of the oldest districts of town.
Written 9 March 2024
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,31,330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
My twin brother Stephen and I chanced upon Fontaine Des Innocents as we were wandering around this area of the city and what a great find.
It's an historic fountain ,located on Place Joachim Du Belley in the Les Halles district of the 1st Arrondissement ,it was originally called the Fountain Of The Nymphs and was constructed between 1547-1550 by sculptor's Pierre Lescot and Jean Goujon ,it's done in a style of artwork known as French Renaissance and is the oldest monumental fountain in Paris .
The look of the fountain was inspired by the Nymphaeum of Ancient Rome , the detail of the reliefs is superb ,the look of the fountain superb ,it's just a fantastic looking fountain/ monument that adds to the joy of visiting Place Joachim Du Bellay.
Written 8 June 2023
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Jonas A
Stockholm, Sweden938 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Fontaine des innocents is an elaborate monument, should you have an interest in renaissance sculpture and art. However it’s surroundings might not be of a very relaxed nature but rather one with some hustle and bustle.
Written 5 November 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It's hard to believe that this lovely fountain and the harmonious urban design around it was once the site of Paris' huge cemetery, bodies piled on bodies. But the city got smart and moved the bones to the Catacombs and started cemeteries on the city's edges, making this are more sanitary. The fountain remains from that old erq.
Written 8 August 2022
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Located in the 1st Arr, is this impressive fountain, that looks a little lonely and out of place, in this rather buzzy area, it was the source of water back in medieval times, now just another monument, one of many in this amazing city.
Written 22 January 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
As we left the Les Halles area, we lingered at this very old fountain, a source of much-needed water in the medieval city. The city's original cemetery was here and in old times there was a busy market of funeral products. For sanitary reasons, the cemeteries were moved outside the walls and the bones from the ancient cemetery were moved to the Catacombs. The fountain remains.
Written 25 August 2021
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Located near Les Halles, within Place Joachim-du-Bellay, which is a popular meeting place for the locals. Built in the 1500’s, it was a monumental fountain in its day, quite impressive even today.
Written 8 February 2020
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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,860 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Due to the fact it was own very early February the fountain was turned off. The monument itself ilooks good but needs a bit of clean up.
Written 1 February 2019
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,72,947 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Passed by Les Fontaine des Innocents (Fountain of Innocence) in Le Marais recently. Similar to past winter visits, the fountain was turned off and idol.

This is a Renaissance style fountain monument originally erected in the mid 16th-century when a cemetery was situated at this location. It is nice monument but showing its age.

Sadly, during this visit, the basin included graffiti and trash, which was unfortunate. There was an interesting Xmas/winter market on the square around Fontaine des Innocents.

In the end, not a bad monument - worth having a look-see if you are visiting the area and enjoy monument viewing during your travels.
Written 9 January 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
This was the site of the original big cemetery for the city. Thousands and thousands of people were buried here until it became way too unsanitary and the bones were moved to the Catacombs. Then this lovely fountain was built. A nice oasis in the crazy center of town.
Written 8 September 2018
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