The River Seine is fully associated with Paris, but it originates in a distant land! It indeed springs 446m above sea level at Source-Seine on the Plateau of Langres in the department of Côtes d’Or. Throughout its 777kms journey, it flows through the towns of Troyes, Paris and Rouen. It will eventually reach the English Channel via a wide estuary delineated by the ports Le Havre and Honfleur.
The River Seine inherited its name from Sequana, the Celtic deity that inhabited its sacred source. The man-made grotto, built in 1865 above its source, houses a statue of the nymph Sequana. Sequana is traditionally represented as a graceful young woman standing on a boat. However, this statue is a replica of the original sculpted by François Jouffroy, who represents her lying on her side. All that is left of the temple The Romans, which may soon be excavated. The many offers and ex-votos found today are exhibited in the archaeological museum of Dijon.