The Fountain of the Innocents and its place in the Paris cityscape, 1549-1788

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This article analyses how the Fountain of the Innocents appeared and also how it was used and perceived as part of the Paris cityscape. In the 1780s, the plan to transform the Holy Innocents’ Cemetery into a market cast doubt on the Fountain's future; earlier perceptions now shaped discussions over reusing it as part of the transformed quarter. The article documents how the Fountain was dismantled in 1787 and re-created the following year according to a new design, explaining why it was created in this form. Finally, the article considers what contemporary reactions to the remade Fountain reveal about attitudes toward the authenticity of urban monuments before the establishment of heritage institutions and societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-73
Number of pages25
JournalUrban History
Issue number1
Early online date23 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

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