The Fontaine des Éléphants is located in Chambéry, France. It was built in 1838 to honour Benoît de Boigne who made his fortune in India. The limestone structure almost 60 feet high is a fountain, a column and a statue. The four life size elephants were manufactured in cast iron by Val D’Osne Foundry. Water flows from their trunks into an octagonal pond. The rears of the elephants are concealed within the base of the monument giving it the nickname, le quatre sans culs, “the four without arses”.

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