13 September 2015

Le Cimetière du Montparnasse

The Montparnasse cemetery covers nearly 50 acres of ground on the Left Bank of Paris. It was created in 1824 on what was then farmland outside Paris. In my photo below, you can see how much greenery it contains. You can also see most of the southeastern quadrant of Paris.

Here's an enlargment of the lower right corner of the photo above, looking down on the neighborhood between the cemetery and the Tour Montparnasse.

As always, you can display the photos at a larger size by clicking or tapping on them to open them in a new window.


  1. I can see place Denfert-Rochereau, but I can't see the statue in its center, Lion de Belfort by Auguste Bartholdi of Statue of Liberty's fame with Gustave Eiffel.

    Since I know where it is, I can barely spot Saint-Pierre de Montrouge where my grandparents where married at the end of the 19th century!

  2. There are some interesting angles in these photos. It would be fun to walk a street with one of your photos in hand.

  3. I have only been to Pere Lachaise Cemetery ... they are so wonderful, aren't they ?

  4. Look at this partial list of notable figures buried at Montparnasse -- Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Charles Baudelaire, Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Guy de Maupassant, Raymond Aron, Alfred Dreyfus, Bruno Cremer, Camille Saint-Saëns, Sainte-Beuve, Gérard Oury, Serge Gainsbourg, Philippe Noiret, Jean Poiret, Marguerite Duras...

    1. Oh if they would all only rise up and hang around with us all for a while longer :)


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