Place Drouet, Reims

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  • Place Drouet
    by Nemorino
  • Victoire statue - Nov 2010
    Victoire statue - Nov 2010
    by MM212
  • Christmas market along pl Drouet-d'Erlon, Nov 2010
    Christmas market along pl...
    by MM212
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    Place Drouet-d'Erlon

    by Nemorino Written Jan 12, 2014

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    A popular meeting point in the center of Reims is the Subé Fountain in the Place Drouet-d’Erlon.

    To me the Subé Fountain doesn’t look at all like a fountain, more like a column, and the Place Drouet-d'Erlon doesn’t look like a square but more like a street that has been turned into a pedestrian zone.

    The Subé Fountain was named after the merchant Auguste Subé (1807-1899), for the simple reason that he donated 200,000 gold francs to pay for it.

    The column or fountain was inaugurated in 1906. Originally had a bronze statue at the top, but the statue was removed in 1942 by the Germans and presumably melted down for weapons production. For nearly half a century there was nothing at the top, until the current Flying Victory sculpture was installed in 1989.

    As for Drouet-d'Erlon, he was a French General and later Marshal of France who was born in Reims in 1765 and had a long military career through some very troubled times and several changes of government. He died in Paris in 1844.

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    Place Drouet-d'Erlon

    by MM212 Written Dec 6, 2010

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    The most animated part of Reims, Place Drouet-d'Erlon is the cultural heart of the city. Although referred to as a square ("place"), it is in fact a long, tree-lined, pedestrianised avenue with boutiques, restaurants, cafés and cinemas located in the Belle Époque buildings along its sides. It is named after Jean-Baptiste Drouet, le comte d'Erlon, a military figure under Napoleon, born in Reims in 1765. At the southern end of the avenue is la fontaine Subé, a fountain erected in 1903, with beautiful sculptures representing personifications of the four major rivers that run through the Champagne-Ardennes region. A gilded statue of a winged Victory is mounted over a column that crowns the fountain. When I visited in November 2010, the entire avenue was getting ready to host a charming-looking Christmas market (see attached photos).

    Victoire statue - Nov 2010 Fontaine Sub�� - Nov 2010 Christmas market along pl Drouet-d'Erlon, Nov 2010 Belle Epoque architecture River sculptures - Nov 2010
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    Place Drouet Fountain

    by garridogal Written Apr 4, 2006

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    I had no idea what this fountain/monument was until I saw in on another VT page! Now I know. And to think that all this time I thought it was the screaming chicken of virginity...

    Don't scream for me...
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