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The fountain of Louis XII: a photo, description Fontaine Louis XII)

The fountain of Louis XII stands in the square dedicated to the French monarch, in the town of Blois, famous for its stunning castle on the Loire river.

Earlier this place was the city's market square and the main granary, which belonged to the Ducal family of Blois. The first fountain appeared here in the thirteenth century. However, in 1511, king Louis XII, surnamed the "Father of the people," commanded to destroy all standing on the market square building, but with a good purpose - to spend in the city complete sewer system - the most modern by the standards of that era. The work was carried out under the leadership of Pierre de valence, who designed this network of sewers, and built a new monumental fountain. Interestingly, throughout the city were scattered seven more such fountains, but the fountain of Louis XII was voted the most beautiful.

Built in the XVI century, the fountain was moved in 1820 on the South side of the square. It was part of the after the French revolution restoration work. Then the fountain was badly damaged and was restored only in the late nineteenth century in 1890.

The fountain of Louis XII is a monumental structure, is markedly divided into two parts. Second, the upper part is adorned with picturesque just. There remain a few ornaments, including flower, reliefs and delicate carving, typical of the Gothic style.

In 1840, the fountain was awarded the title of the monument of history and architecture of France.