Artistry in Stone: Rouen's Sainte-Marie Fountain

Nestled in the heart of Rouen, the Fountain of Sainte-Marie is a true marvel that captures the essence of the city’s artistic spirit. Constructed in the late 19th century, this fountain stands not merely as a functional monument but as a living testament to Rouen's rich heritage and artistic prowess.

Sainte-Marie Fountain in Rouen, France

Beneath the cobblestones lies a vital lifeline: an underground reservoir that has quenched Rouen's thirst for generations. This reservoir is crowned by the magnificent fountain of Sainte-Marie.

Following its construction, Rouen held a competition to adorn the fountain. The task of sculpting its intricate figures fell into the hands of Alexandre Falguière, in collaboration with architect Edouard de Perthes. This artistic duo breathed life into the fountain, transforming it into a masterpiece of symbolism and artistry.

Victor Peter's magnificent horse and bull, symbolizing Agriculture and Livestock, stand tall, while Alphonse Guilloux's enchanting children depict the life-giving waters of Robec and Aubette.

Sculptures on the Sainte-Marie Fountain in Rouen

At the core of this fountain stands a central figure—an allegorical representation of the City of Rouen. Gracefully placed on a ship, this sculpture embodies Rouen's maritime heritage, sailing upon the symbolic waters of Robec and Aubette. It embodies the city's rich history and enduring spirit.

Since its inauguration on October 26, 1879, the Fountain of Sainte-Marie has endured, standing as a testament to Rouen's artistic resilience. Originally lit by gas lights and later electrified in 1919, the fountain has undergone meticulous restoration, preserving its splendor for generations to come. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of restoration specialists, including the work carried out in 1914 and 1983, the fountain remains a captivating landmark, enchanting visitors with its intricate details and profound symbolism.

Location: 55 Rue Louis Ricard, 76000 Rouen, France.
Jurgen Huibers
Jurgen Huibers

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