The this whole greenery and water was fitted out from the middle of the XVIIth century. It is the time in which Langres begins to see going away the borders and the concerned threats. It longs to take out of its fortifications to fit out the accesses according to forms more pleasant than perpetual ditches, glacis or covered path.
In 1657, the Chamber of City began the plantation of a vast path lined with trees ("tillotz": lime trees) establishing the walk leading to the fountain Blanche. Manhandled by the tactless ploughmen and lesmoutons eager for startups(young persons,young shoots), they owed.
Be replaced during the next years. Between 1733 and 1736, service roads were crashed to widen the walk. It quickly became the favorite walk of the Langrois which appreciated its refreshing shades, his views on the valley of Bonnelle and final delight of its fountain. From now on green hyphen between the former city, the "new districts" and the citadel, the party of this walk remains original; it is too much stretched to be a park, too bushy to be "French-style" and too linear to be "English-style". In 1976, the secular lime trees were renewed and replaced by new plantations. But this walk is inseparable of its fountain which gave him his name.
It seems good that they were realized at the same time: the construction of the "cave" (the kiosk sheltering the source) and from both outside superior ponds could too date 1657. In 1678, the échevinage decided to realize " a pond with a fountain(water jet) in the fountain Blanche, below the last one ". The arrangement(measure) of three successive ponds with side of slope which we can again see thus dates the end of the XVIIth century. It is the one that Denis Diderot knew and who gets him his profound peculiarity.
In 1755 and 1758, the architect Claude Forgeot and the sculptor Clément Jayet collaborated to give to this fountain the esthetics which it kept. The cave was completely reconstructed, decorated with "loose stones" and with statues (of which the famous bronze frog giving Its name In the fountain). It was surmounted by a Latin inscription (due to the canon Claude Jandin) celebrating the recent works of embellishment and making a reference to the project of water conveyance of this fountain towards the intramural city (" In Lingons. I am the nymph who, quite made breathless, am escaped me with difficulty(regret) of your mountain so that an urn in your reach donnât you my running waters. I shall always be grateful for the honor which you have just made for me, because, radiant, I raise proudly my head between all the Naiads.
I am nevertheless a farmer, but if the gods assist my wishes, I shall be city and the whole city will be animated by my waters. 1755 "). Ponds, terraces and staircases were also restored. At that time, contrary in today, a single access led to this fountain.
Since the path of Blanchefontaine which continued up to the back of the cave, we came down until this one by the luxurious stone staircase by-passing her. The effect so produced be to be striking; we discovered at the last moment the successive chain of the terraces where even the noise of the water seemed it delicately studied according to ponds (streamings, waterfalls, jets ...)!
In its letters to Sophie Volland, Denis Diderot, the son of the soil, describes the pleasure which he feels to walk to Blanchefontaine, where from he can admire the most beautiful landscape of the world " She is classified among historic monuments since 1906.
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