The name of that place reminds us the fact that a dominican monastery was
established there. In 1316, the pope Jean XXII was elected there in a church thta has been destroyed
since. The fontain erected in 1866 by the architect Gaspard André and the sculptor
Charles Delaplanche is a tribute to some of the famous artists of Lyon :
- Philibert Delorme (1510-1570) great Renaissance architect (see
the Delorme gallery in Lyon)
- Gérard Audran (1640-1703) Louis XIV engraver that worked in the Gobelins manufacture.
- Guillaume Coustou aka "l'ancien" (1677-1746) sculptor
that designed the famous "chevaux de Marly" and the Saône and the
Rhône statues on the Bellecour square.
- Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864) painter, an Ingres disciple that is famous for its churches paintings.