Fontaine des Innocents


The name of this multi-tiered Renaissance fountain (1550) comes off as a bit ironic – nothing in central Paris feels even remotely innocent – but is in fact derived from its location next to the former Cemetery of the Holy Innocents, relocated outside the city walls in 1787.

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