29.11.10

Montmartre Cemetery

Some 3,5 years ago when I just had started my previous Paris blog I made some modest posts about the Montmartre Cemetery and some specific tombs. I will revert to this in a coming post. In the meantime, I thought I should make a more general post about this cemetery, which is one of the major ones created in the early 19th century, when it had been decided that for sanitary reasons the cemeteries should be outside the Paris centre. Actually they became part of the city again when the “villages”, like Montmartre, were incorporated 1860. The other major Paris cemeteries are the Père-Lachaise, the Montparnasse, the Batignolles and the Passy cemeteries on which I have already posted.

The Montmartre Cemetery which got its place on an old quarry opened in 1825.
One specificity is the bridge from 1888 which runs over it.
The Montmartre Cemetery is slightly smaller than the Père-Lachaise and the Montparnasse cemeteries, but holds anyhow some 20 thousand graves. The atmosphere is very similar to the Père-Lachaise one and if you like cemeteries it’s certainly worth a visit.

Here are some general views and some “details”.












I looked through the doors of some cenotaphs.
As you can guess from some of the above photos, the sky changed aspect during the afternoon I spent there. At a certain moment, there was a brief “snow storm” … too early for the season.
Also the cats like this cemetery.

36 comments:

Olivier said...

bravo pour la fin avec les chats du cimetiere....encore un musée-cimetiere parisien

Mystica said...

As usual my thanks for an unusual post! the cemetery looks very serene! our cemeteries sometimes seem bare unless there is a cremation going on and cremations still take place on open ground. Not in a crematorium though we do have those in the cities.

The Sabbatical Chef said...

Bonsoir, Peter!
My 7th graders have been working on Paris projects and I gave them the address for your website for their research. Your posts are so wonderful. I can't wait to spend a couple of days in Paris in January!

V Rakesh said...

This is indeed a very unusual post - but all the same - remarkable! Very interesting pictures! Loved the first and of course all the others too!

caterpillar said...

I don't know if 'wow' is an ideal response when it comes to cemetery but it's definitely 'wow' for the pictures...

joanny said...

Peter:

As always your photography is with exception & meticulous detail. You make it very easy for us to follow visually from every angle. Merci.

While I am not a fan of cemeteries, there are a few I am fascinated with -- and this is one of them,
The Bridge it seems was carefully planned in 1888 as to not disturb the cemetery , very nice.

I loved the photo's yes... but one I was particularly fond of the lady with the red rose in her hand,

cheers,
joanny

joanny said...

Peter:

I adore the cats too.....

joanny

pseudo said...

C'est beau et pacifiquement et n'est pas du tout triste

Cergie said...

Ton cimetière de proximité, le retour "A quatre pas de t(m)a maison"... (Me fait penser à la "Ballade des cimetières" de Brassens
Combien de cemetery à Paris ?

Cergie said...

(CemeterIES ! Pardon !)

hpy said...

La première photo pourrait s'intituler "enterrement de feuilles mortes".
T'as le bonjour de DD.

SCATTI said...

Tutte le volte che sono venuto a Parigi sono salito a Montmartre e sono rimasto incuriosito da questo cimitero. Però non ci sono mai entrato. Mi riprometto di visitarlo la prossima volta (spero presto) che verrò a Parigi.
Ciao
Mauro

Catherine said...

Tout vu.....et même plus encore.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very impressive sculptures there, but I'm really enchanted by the cute kitties!Adorable portraits in your collage!
Hugs
and purrs from Luna and mommy Léia

Bloody Frida said...

what a beautiful way to start my week..thank you!

Ruth said...

Strolling through that cemetery with you is a walk through history, beauty and art. In autumn, how wonderful!

Shionge said...

I am just curious Peter, is there any caretaker that sweep the dried leaves or so?

Jilly said...

What is it about cemeteries that are so fascinating? Whenever I feel like peace, art, something unusual, I go up to the cemetery in Menton. I find it so peaceful and 'renewing' somehow yet one would think a cemetery would be slightly macabre, but for me it isn't. I love these photos, Peter.

~Sarafina~ said...

Another great post with gorgeous photos! I love the kitty photos too!

Paris Paul said...

It's a lot like Pére Lachaise, isn't it? Down to the stray cats...

Simony said...

So rich in sculptures, mini architectures and symbolism!
I loved the cats best!

Owen said...

My goodness Peter ! Is there anything you did not photograph in there??? Prolific Peter I think we will re-baptise you...

ALAIN said...

Je me souviens d'y avoir vu la tombe de Dalida, toujours abondamment fleurie.

nathalie said...

Chat et cimetières, une belle association classique...

claude said...

Mon ordi a froid ce matin, les photos de s'ouvrent pas. Je repasserai plus tard.

Anonymous said...

That first photo Peter! Wow! The impressionist would be jealous of you (and of that camera). Thank you so much. Maria O. Russell

BLOGitse said...

Beautiful details...
Freezing greetings from Helsinki!

Tulsa Courthouse said...

I was just browsing for relevant blog posts for my project research and I happened to discover yours. Thanks for the excellent information! :-)

alina abas said...

marry christmas, Peter!!

acoustickid said...

Thanks for touring us to Paris as always, and thanks a lot for sharing these photos.

claude said...

Qu'il est beau ce cimetière. D'habitude c'est un endroit que je n'aime pas trop fréquenter, mais là, j'y ferais bien une balade.
Malheureusement je suis loin et chat tombe mal !

Olga said...

Your pictures are absolutely amazing…so above and beyond the world.

Cheryl said...

Such beautiful monuments. My sister, brother and I were talking the other day about where we'd like to be buried and I thought, a Parisian cemetery! that would be awesome.

Anonymous said...

And those delicious cats? It got me thinking about one of my favorite poems: Viens, mon beau chat, sur mon coeur amoureux; Retiens les griffes de ta patte, Et laisse-moi plonger dans tes beaux yeux, Meles de metal et d'agate...What kind of cat do you think Baudelaire had? Maria O. Russell

Trotter said...

The cemeteries in Paris are absolutely stunning!!

ney said...

m'a! beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! am glad I found them while doing some research about Montmartre cemetry. also I've been there some years ago and it brings up some memories.