‘Montmartre cemetery, Paris’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

 monmartre-cemetery-paris-oct-8-2009-068-350-85Andre’ Charron, artist & painter.

In 1786 the Cemetiere des Innocents closed down in Paris. As the cemeteries were proving to be health hazards, cemeteries were banned in Paris city and new cemeteries were located out side the town limits replacing  the old ones in the early nineteenth century. Montmartre was located in the north, Pere Lachaise Cemetery  in the east, Passy cemetery in the west and the Montparnasse cemetery in the south.


I visited the Montmartre cemetery sometime back. Located west of the Butte, near the beginning of Rue Caulaincourt in Place de Clichy, the cemetery in the Montmartre  quarter of Paris is built below street level in the hollow of an old gypsum quarry with its entrance on Avenue Rachel under Rue Caulaincourt.

monmartre-cemetery-paris-oct-8-2009-007-280-75French Composer Francis Lopez, born St. Jean de Luz, 16 June, 1916: died Paris 1997. Stage Works. La Belle de Cadix; operetta; Casino Montparnasse, Paris 24 December etc.


It  opened on 1 January 1825 and is around 11 hectares in size. It has approximately 750 trees – mainly maples, and a small number of thuyas, chestnut and lime trees.


During the French Revolution, the abandoned quarries were used as mass graves for those killed during riots – including several hundred Swiss Guards killed defending the Tuileries on 10 August 1792. With all cemeteries within the walls now closed, this new burial ground – named initially Cimetière des Grandes-Carrières (“cemetery of the large quarries”) and later Cimetière de la Barrière-Blanche (“cemetery of the white barrier”) – became one of the final resting places of  Parisians.


The City of Paris purchased a plot slightly larger than a hectare from Sieur Aymé in 1798, the aim being to ensure that decent cemetery facilities were made available to the residents of a portion of Paris’s right bank. This official cemetery, which was various referred to as Champ du Repos (field of rest) and Cimetière sous Montmartre (cemetery below Montmartre) was soon full, and a new cemetery ten times its size was created during the urban development programme of 1818 -1824. This ultimately became the presently known Montmartre cemetery.


monmartre-cemetery-paris-oct-8-2009-032-280-80monmartre-cemetery-paris-oct-8-2009-036-280-80Notice the neatly done braids in the statue.

R.I.P monmartre-cemetery-paris-oct-8-2009-052-280-80Quite obviously the deceased loved football. R.I.P


20, avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris
Tel.: +33(0)1 53 42 36 30
Metro: Blanche or Place de Clichy
Buses: 95, 80, 74, 54 or 30     (Source: http://www.paris.fr/english/heritage-and-sights/cemeteries/montmartre-cemetery/rub_8222_stand_34189_port_19019)


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