11.2.11

Behind the doors... Montmartre Cemetery

I’m sorry … some of you may feel that there is a bit too much now from the Montmartre Cemetery. But there are still a number of personalities and other matters I would wish to revert too, soon. In the meantime, I would like to show you what I think is part of the beauty of this cemetery; what you can find if you look through the doors of all these small chapels, mostly from the 19th century, today often abandoned by families and friends.
A few of them seem to get some occasional visits, but there is a lot of dust and cobweb around.
… but, as said, I think that there is also a lot of beauty.
























35 comments:

caterpillar said...

Wow....I agree....there's a lot of beauty...and a little bit of eeriness....

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Amazing fotos....all those beautiful stained glass windows,,I had no idea. Thanks for all your history lessons.

Jack said...

Another gift for your viewers. I can't imagine how much effort it takes for you to shoot, research, organize, write and post each set. That you.

Thirtytwo degrees said...

Yes, I was wondering that...did you take all these individually yourself? Some very beautiful workmanship here and I am wondering if we really need cemeteries any longer. In this case, the artwork is amazing and very worthwhile. But when neglected, it seems such a shame and waste.

Studio at the Farm said...

Peter, you've reminded me of childhood visits to the cemetery in Toronto. It was beautiful and, oddly, fun. But I think it must be more of an Old World tradition. Thank you for the reminder.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very impressive details and I love the beautiful stained glasses!
Have a great weekend dear friend,
hugs
Léia

ALAIN said...

Des portes pour empêcher les vivants d'entrer...ou les morts de sortir.

Cinthia said...

Yes...several beauty...

claude said...

C'est tout bonnement magnifique Peter ! Mais qu'il est beau ce cimetière ! les grilles des chapelles sont super belles, les vitraux super beaux.
Merci de nous faire partager ces beautés.
Bon WE !

Ola said...

some of them are masterpieces!

Mona said...

O wow! That is absolutely fascinating! I can't believe that such treasure could be abandoned thus to gather dust and cobwebs! I am an ardent fan of stained glass art!

delphinium said...

je crois que si je me baladais autant que toi dans les cimetières, ça me ficherait le bourdon. Et comme j'ai une taille de guêpe, ca n'irait pas du tout. J'aime bien ta première photo pourtant. Un petit effet gothique.

designslinger.com said...

what amazing images you have shared with us - thank you very much for your beautiful post!

hpy said...

Il doit y avoir des concessions à vie là-dedans! Pour les morts!

Pour répondre à ta question, pas d'odeur, même pas de menthe.

Cynthia said...

Beautiful! It looks as if there has been less vandalism than at Père Lachaise ?

BLOGitse said...

Modern, busy life has left its mark here too...Forgot, abandoned by busy people...

M said...

Oh, Peter, I love the stain-glass windows! I couldn't stop photographing them last june at Pere Lachaise when I was there with Genie. Merci for sharing the beauty of Montmartre -- It's on my list for next trip. Marie

Starman said...

I wonder if the neglected ones are because there is no one left in the family?

Hana said...

Magnifiques photos! Bravo pour votre travail! Avec votre appareil photo, vous savez saisir la beauté dans les choses les plus ordinaires.
Hana de Prague

MadAboutParis said...

Peter, next time I come to Paris I will bring my Windex and a feather duster...your photos are amazing, thank you for the time that you devote to your site!

Virginia said...

Peter, no need to apologize, you must know by now that we love everything you post for us. I really like the details you captured on this one. Reminds me of some we took at Passy, n'est-ce pas?? :)
V

jeannette said...

Love all the stained glass windows! Enjoy your weekend!

Peter (the other) said...

Harrumph! I confess, I have never taken the time to visit my hero's grave, even during a few day love tryst spent in the hotel directly overlooking the grave yard (from where in early morning hours gentle summer aired, leaning, naked o'er the balcon and whispering out "yo... Maurice... you out there?"). Yet, with all your lingering, I keep hoping you might visit for me... he is supposed to be buried there... Maurice Jaubert. Well I think he is important :-)

Trotter said...

Hi Peter! With all you have on this one and also on Père Lachaise and Montparnasse, the chapter on Paris' cemeteries on your Peter's Paris CD is going to be awesome!!
Shame people don't care their ancestors...

JM said...

What a great selection of iron works, stained glass windows and altars! Well done, Peter.

Jeanie said...

Oh, Peter -- I NEVER tire of cemeteries. I find them simply beautiful. You seem to capture them best of all.

I am behind and catching up, so I shall read backwards and discover what wonderful stories of lives I have missed.

ParisBreakfasts said...

Hmmm...very nice...
Do you ever go to bistros or cafes anymore..?
Are you writing a Swedish Vampire screenplay..?
Have you been to a seance lately..?
You do do a very thorough job of covering these (Look Out spiders!)

I suppose I should be glad you're not obsessed with Parisien pastry shops...

Simony said...

Dear Peter, through your eyes and your lens we see a lot of talent and sensitivity. You are an artist, too! No questions about that.

Nathalie said...

Je suis stupéfaite par tous ces détails, la beauté des vitraux en particulier. Oui j'en avais un peu marre des billets sur les cimetières mais là tu nous offres une perspective thématique qui est une vraie révélation pour moi. Bravo !

(et à propos de Guantanamo square, tu as apprécié le titre mais apparemment nos amis américains pas tellement : pas un seul d'entre eux n'a commenté, je n'ai eu que des commentaires français. Le sujet reste apparemment très sensible...)

Bonne semaine !

Ruth said...

A very beautiful gallery of windows and altars, Peter! I did not know these little chapels had all this stained glass. It's nice to think of the light shining in like that, through many colors and patterns. Just lovely.

Don't apologize for your chronicles of Montmartre! It's a privilege to witness it through your posts.

Rob said...

I am impressed and amazed by the details and art in the cemetery.

Richard said...

That's a brilliant sequence, Peter

Maria O. Russell said...

Peter, This post is poignant, romantic, beautiful! Your artistry is more than ever so "contundente y persuasivo"! We're aware of all the time and effort you put into your work. Un millon de gracias, Maria

Mo said...

I have spent a lot of time at this cemetery and still you feel as though you've missed great chinks of it. So no apologies needed.

joanny said...

Peter:

I am so grateful and impressed with your diligence and careful nature of the way you photograph this amazing cemetery. so much artistry here the way you photograph and chose your subject.

Years ago I use to do stain glass, I can appreciate the art and what goes in to it.

Merci,

joanny