Bartholdi Fountain

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Place des Terreaux, Lyon, France

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Bartholdi's 2nd most famous work Feb 28, 2016
The Bartholdi Fountain is located on the north side of Place Terreaux. It dates from late 19th century (c. 1888), and done by the same guy who made the Statue of Liberty - Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. It was actually planned for the city of Bordeaux in France, but deemed too expensive at the time, so it was purchased by Lyon instead. Originally it was installed on the West side of the plaza in 1892, but it was moved to its current location in 1994 due to some construction of underground parking beneath the plaza.

Since the fountain was originally commissioned for Bordeaux, it actually was intended to represent the Garonne River and its main tributaries (the Ariège, the Tarn, and the Lot). A reinterpretation for Lyon seems to be made, having it represent the 4 major rivers of France (Le Seine, Le Loire, Le Rhone and La Garonne). According to Lyon's tourist website: "The fountain was completed in 1888. It weighs 360 tonnes, 21 tonnes of lead supported by a steel frame, 9 m wide, 4.85 m high and with a diameter of 15 m. The fountain shows France (Marianne) and the four rivers (the horses)".
Bartholdi Fountain, Lyon, France
Bartholdi Fountain, Lyon, France
Bartholdi Fountain, Lyon, France
Bartholdi Fountain, Lyon, France
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