Fodor's Expert Review Place St-Michel

The Latin Quarter Free

This square was named for Gabriel Davioud's grandiose 1860 fountain sculpture of St. Michael vanquishing Satan—a loaded political gesture from Napoléon III's go-to guy, Baron Haussmann, who hoped St-Michel would quell the Revolutionary fervor of the neighborhood. The fountain is often used as a meeting point for both local students and young tourists.

Free Plaza/Square

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Paris, Île-de-France  75005, France

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