/ / Square Rene Viviani: photos, description (Square Rene-Viviani)

Square Rene Viviani: photos, description (Square Rene-Viviani)

Square Rene Viviani, named after the French Prime Minister during the First world war, a small. However, there are four attractions: Robinie, fountain, and stones.

Robinia pseudoacacia, modestly standing on the edge of the square, is the oldest tree of Paris, her more than four years. The Royal gardener Jean Robin put her in 1601. Forester and botanist Jean Robin was a Royal gardener at three monarchs - Henry III, Henry IV and Louis XIII, cultivated rare species of plants. The tree, which is now called by his name, was then to France exotic.

Four hundred years Robinia looks good for his age. Wrinkled trunk is bent (it is supported by two concrete pillars), in the shelling during the First world tree lost the top part of the crown, but it is alive and still blooms each year.

The fountain appeared in the square in 1995. Difficult to understand - that the right words to describe it. It is believed that the theme of the fountain - the life and death of St. Julian strannopriimtsa (the square adjacent to the Church dedicated to this Saint, Saint-Julien-de-Pour). St. Julian, by mistake, who killed his parents, he dedicated his life to serving people and was forgiven when warmed his body freezing leper.

Three pairs of figures on the edges of the fountain, seem to show exactly that - support, compassion, and the stag's head recalls the details of the legends, which has acquired a life of St. (Flaubert wrote that Julian was cursed he killed the deer). But what do the figures of the children at the top, as if ascending to heaven? Here, in the square, there stands a stele to the memory of those killed by the Nazis Parisian Jewish children. Child sculptor Georges Janko spent a year hiding with his family in the woods outside Paris, to avoid deportation to the camp. The fountain is clearly something more than a story about the fate of St. Julian.

The stones mentioned in the beginning come across in the Park here and there. Once they were parts of the exterior walls of Notre-Dame de Paris, they were removed in a partial restoration of the Cathedral in the XIX century and installed here on the other side of the Seine. The Park is located on the quay of Montebello, just opposite the Cathedral, and the view of it, one of the best in the city - this is the fourth landmark. Can the type be attraction? Yes, if it's on Notre Dame de Paris!