Paris - Ile De France

Fontaines du Theatre Francais – Place Andre-Malraux

This page was updated on: Monday, January 6, 2020 at: 3:57 pm

Place André Malraux

The Fontaines du Theatre Francais are located on Place André Malraux, next to the Comédie Française theatre.

This important Parisian crossroads marks the beginning of the Avenue de l'Opéra.

It therefore links the prestigious Rue Saint-Honoré to the Opéra Garnier.

It is also at the junction of Rue de Montpensier, Rue de Richelieu and Place Colette.

It is located in the heart of an area rich in tourist attractions.

This is indeed where you'll find the Louvre, Palais-Royal, Comédie Française, Rue Saint-Honoré and Opéra.

The Avenue de l'Opéra splits the Place André Malraux in two.

There's no flowerbeds nor lawn, but you'll find a couple of benches placed under the shade of the few trees.

The Place André Malraux was initially known as Place du Théâtre Français (the original name of the Comédie Française).

It was created in 1867, during Baron Haussmann's renovation of Paris.

It was renamed in 1977 to pay tribute to the author and Minister of Culture André Malraux.

Fontaines du Theatre Francais

Fontaines du Theatre Francais - River Nymph and Fluvial Nymph

The square is often overlooked because of its location.

It's a pity, because it boasts two superb fountains.

Gabriel Davioud designed the Fontaines du Theatre Francais in 1874.

These two fountains are very similar, however, not identical!

Each consists of two basins topped with bronze statues.

The fountain closest to the Comédie Française and Rue de Richelieu is topped with a River Nymph (Nymphe Fluviale) sculpted by Mathurin Moreau.

The lower basin is adorned with cherubs.

Charles Gauthier produced this sculptural group known as Ronde d’Enfants.

The second fountain stands by the Rue Saint-Honoré.

It is topped with a Sea Nymph (Nymphe Marine) sculpted by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse.

The lower basin is also adorned with a Ronde d’Enfants sculpted by Louis Eudes.

As written above, it's a pity that the square should be overlooked!

It is indeed a great place for a short break, while visiting the many neighbouring tourist sites or while shopping in the prestigious Rue Saint-Honoré.

Directions: 1st district - Place André Malraux
Metro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre on Line 1
Coordinates: Lat 48.863643 - Long 2.335020

March 27 2020

Garde Republicaine, Paris’ emblematic Gendarmerie force

Garde Republicaine, Paris’ emblematic Gendarmerie force renowned for its Calvary regiment, is in charge of the security of the city and the public
Bust of the composer Lully and ex-voto in Notre Dame des Victoires Basilica

March 5 2020

Notre Dame des Victoires Basilica

Notre Dame des Victoires , a church Louis XIII dedicated to his victories over the Huguenots, but mostly to the Virgin in thanks for the birth of Louis XIV
Hotel Sale - Picasso Museum - Café à Royan - 1940 Cubism

February 19 2020

Hôtel Salé, home to the Picasso Museum

Hôtel Salé, one of the finest mansions in the Marais built with money collected from the salt tax, hence its name, is today home to the Picasso Museum
Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor with the Tuileries in the background

January 24 2020

Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor named after a Senegalese stateman

Passerelle Solférino was renamed Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Senegalese politician’s birth

Sign up to our newsletter

Travel France Online will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates via our newsletter. By selecting the boxes on the form you confirm your acceptance to receive our newsletter.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at

We will treat your information with respect. For more information please visit our privacy policy page