The Tritons and Nereids in the fountains at Place de la Concorde have been there since 1840, in the center of Paris.  map

Mermaid statues at Place de la Concorde

The Fountain at Place de la Concorde, with several mermaid statues. Photo © by Marie-Hélène Cingal.

The two fountains were designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, who was commissioned by King Louis-Philippe in 1831 to design the entire Place de la Concorde after Egypt gifted a 230-ton obelisk to France.   The project was finished in 1840, with the help of 12 sculptors.   The central figures were created in cast-iron, whereas the 12 triton and mermaid statues (6 in each fountain) were cast in bronze.

Place de la Concorde is located right by the river Seine, and is the largest square in Paris, with a rich history.  It was named Place de la Concorde in the hope of future peace and a cessation of guillotine beheadings.

The fountains were inspired partly by Piazza San Pietro and Piazza Navona in Rome, both of which have fountains on  either side of a central obelisk.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontaines_de_la_Concorde
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountains_of_St._Peter’s_Square
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