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Montmartre cemetery, the final resting place of artists

January 26, 2011

The Montmartre cemetery may not be as famous as the Père Lachaise but with its 11 hectares and nearly 750 trees – maples, thuyas, chestnut trees, and lime trees – it is the final resting place of many artists who lived and worked in the Montmartre area, such as French composers Jacques Offenbach and Hector Berlioz, French writers Emile Zola or Marie-Henri Beyle, better known by his pen name Stendhal and popular singer Dalida.

Located in the 18th arrondissement, west of the Butte, near the beginning of Rue Caulaincourt and close to the newsly renovated Place de Clichy, the hilly cemetery is built below street level in the hollow of an old quarry.

If it is very popular today with Parisians and an important tourist destination, the site has a rather sinister past as it was used during the French Revolution as mass graves for those killed during riots – including several hundred Swiss Guards killed defending the Tuileries on 10 August 1792. Today, it is a quiet spot worth a detour before heading to butte Montmartre.

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  1. Ceri permalink
    January 26, 2011 10:57 pm

    Very interesting and worth a visit ….my tour groups always drove past but we never had time to walk through…..

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