Latona Fountain

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The Latona Fountain in the Gardens of Versailles lies in the Latona Basin between the Chateau de Versailles and the Grand Canal. On the top tier, there is a statue of the goddess Latona;[1] the fountain operates three times a week during the high season.[2]

Design[edit]

The fountain is wedding-cake style, designed by Balthazar Marsy.[3] In addition to the goddess Latona are her children, Apollo and Diana; the second and third tiers of the fountain have frogs (see next section), while the lowest tier has turtles and alligators.

Myth[edit]

Latona turned the Lycean peasants into frogs when they refused to give her water.[4]

Legacy[edit]

The Latona Fountain has been cited as inspiration for Buckingham Fountain in Chicago.[5]

Panorama[edit]

Panorama of the Latona Basin with the Grand Canal in the background

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latona Fountain
  2. ^ Musical fountains show, chateauversaillesspectacles.fr
  3. ^ Latona Fountain
  4. ^ Herrenchiemsee Photos Latona Fountain
  5. ^ "Buckingham Fountain". Chicago Park District. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011.

Coordinates: 48°48′20″N 2°07′04″E / 48.8055032°N 2.1176845°E / 48.8055032; 2.1176845