Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Square, Launceston, Tasmania.

Prince's Square Launceston is not far from the city centre.

Established in 1858 from a disused brickfield it is now an important part of cultural life in Launceston and also a heritage park.

The Fountain - Standing at 7 meters high and the focal point of Prince's Square, the iconic Val d'Osne Fountain sits at the center of the park at the meeting point of the main pathways. First exhibited in the Paris Industrial Exhibition of 1855 as the show-piece for Barbezat & Co., proprietors of the foundries of Val d'Osne, the fountain was purchased by the Municipal Council in 1859 to commemorate the completion of Launceston's town water scheme in 1857. The design of the fountain was the work of the distinguished French artist M.Lienard with the 4 main base statues depicting Neptune, Galatea, Amphitrite and Acis being sculpted by M.Moreau.
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The fountain in
Prince's Square and unfortunately not that clear with all the background greenery.


46 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful place to walk and relax !!
    Greetings

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  2. It's a beautiful creation from a disused brickfield!

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    1. Always great to make a park out of something that is not need anymore.

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  3. What a lovely refuge from the stresses of regular life!

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    1. Beautiful there, the trees change colour and have no doubt nearly done that now.

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  4. I love to take walks and just sit and relax in places like this, Margaret! Lovely!

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  5. How pretty. I'd enjoy spending time there.

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  6. Margaret looks nice and tidy. We have the dsame flowers here

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  7. What a lovely place to sit.
    Thank you so much.

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    1. Lot of people eat their lunch there. I used to walk from the Hospital to the city through there.

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    1. Many just do to that, mainly eat their lunch there if they have a sandwich.

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  9. I don't remember seeing Prince's Square. I must remedy that one day soon. It looks very nice.

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    1. It's just out of the main block of streets Andrew and that is mostly likely why you missed it.

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  10. I found the information regarding the fountain really interesting - who would imagine that a fountain displayed at the Paris Industrial Exhibition we end up in Tasmania?

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    1. Rosemary, I have always been aware of the fountain's history, and yes, who would indeed imagine that! You just never know where 'treasure' comes from sometimes.

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    1. It is lovely Jo-Anne and when you visit you might get to see it for yourself minus the leaves. Very different look then.

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  12. The fountain is fabulous and I bet the square is a popular place in summer with all those big shady trees.

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    1. Oh it is a popular place, it's not a big park and has 4 entrances on each corner..bit Irish is that!

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  13. What a peaceful and great place to stroll and relax. It is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks tot he people who look after it - keep the lawns moved, the water and fountain clean along with the loos.

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  14. Looks a very nice park and the flower beds are colourful.
    I've always liked fountains, it looks quite grand!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Always the sound of water especially with a fountain does sound rather special.

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  15. BEAUTIFUL M as always your glimpse of your world is just what the world needs to see. hugs xo G

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  16. Hi friend. Catching up after having computer problems. You share the most beautiful photos. I would love to sit in the shade of one of these big trees! Have a lovely rest of the week. xo

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    1. Hello Mildred :) Great to see you.
      Thank you :)
      Hope your computer problems are past now..xx

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  17. it's always a pleasure to come to your blog, discover wonderful places, I had a moment to read your latest very good articles. the travel is good for us !

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    1. Yes, to travel in person or on the internet is always good. We do learn.

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  18. I am impressed with the fountain. It certainly is a marvelous piece of art.

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    1. It is a lovely, hopefully I will get a better photo of it soon.

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