Place du Quebec – 6th District

The Place du Quebec is located right in the heart of St Germain des Prés!

L'Embacle on Place du Quebec
L’Embacle Fountain

You’ll find it at the junction of Rue de Rennes, Rue Bonaparte and Boulevard St Germain.

It is one of the smallest squares in Paris.

However, it is also one of its busiest crossroads!

The mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac and the Premier of Quebec René Lévesque inaugurated the Place du Quebec on December 15, 1980.

The square boasts prime views of the church and Place St Germain des Pres, Café des Deux Magots and Café de Flore.

A 10-minute stroll (eastward along the Boulevard St-Germain) will take you to the Latin Quarter.

If you walk in the opposite direction, you’ll arrive by the Assemblée Nationale and Pont de la Concorde.

And if you cross the bridge, you’ll be on Place de la Concorde.

L’Embâcle on Place du Quebec

L'Embacle on Place du Quebec
L’Embacle Fountain

The small Place du Quebec is quite unusual!

You might think at first glance that it is still under construction, as the pavement is ripped open!

However, the ‘dislodged’ bronze slabs are part of a sculpted fountain known as L’Embâcle, which the government of Quebec gave to the city of Paris in 1984.

The Quebecois artists Gindre and Charles Daudelin created this stylized fountain.

It symbolizes the powerful waters of the St. Lawrence River breaking up and washing along large blocks of ice in spring.

Both artists are considered forerunners in the integration of art in public space.

The fountain was restored in 2011 in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Quebec Government Office in Paris.

Directions: 6th district
Metro: St-Germain-des-Prés on Line 4
Coordinates: Lat 48.853533 – Long 2.333216

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