Fontaine Bartholdi

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General Information

Fontaine Bartholdi is a fountain that was sculpted by and named after Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, it is situated in Place des Terreaux in Lyon, France. The fountain had been created for the city of Bordeaux shortly after Bartholdi had created the Statue of Liberty in the USA. But it was deemed too expensive for Bordeaux so was sold to Lyon. It was erected in Lyon in 1892 and has been there ever since. The fountain depicts France as a female seated on a chariot controlling the four great rivers of France, represented by rearing and plunging horses, highly individualized but symmetrically arranged, with bridles and reins of water weeds.

Getting there

The fountain is situated in Place des Terreaux. If travelling by car, there is parking available near the square at ‘Parc Opera’. If travelling by public transport, the ‘Hotel de Ville’ stop on the A and C lines is closest to the square and fountain.

Opening Times and Admission

The fountain is situated in a public square, so is free to visit at any hour of any day.

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  • Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France
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