Unusual spots


If you have enough time during your stay in Paris, once you have completed the tour of the capital, there are some curious spots to be visited and discovered. These places are distinctly unusual and may evoke wonder or even inspire fear. Take a look at this picturesque and original circuit…



- Cimetière du Montparnasse (14th)

Source : www.parisbalades.com
Main entrance: Boulevard Edgar-Quinet (metro Edgar-Quinet, Gaîté , Raspail, Denfert-Rochereau)
tel. 01 40 71 75 60

It occupies the fields of three ancient farms, which is the origin of the old windmill on the western corner of the tower. In the 17th century, this place became the private necropolis of the order of Saint-Jean-de-Dieu.

In the beginning of the 19th century, the Prefect of Paris had the land purchased by the city to open one of three new cemeteries outside the city walls. The first inhumation took place in 1824.

The cemetery has been entirely consecrated to permanent resting places since 1874, and within its walled are buried many famous writers, artists and editors: Zadkine, Tristan Tzara, Baudelaire, Soutine, Saint-Saens, Antoine Bourdelle, Beauvoir, Bartholdi, Jean Seberg. Also to be found there are the tombs of Dreyfus and Henri Poincaré. The tomb of Brancusi is not in the same place as his cubist sculpture “The Kiss” which adorns another tomb (at the junction of rue Richard and bd Edgar Quinet, division 19)Cimetière du Père Lachaise (metro Père Lachaise , 20th)
Main entrance on Boulevard de Ménilmontant, interactive illustrated map available)

(tel. 01 43 70 70 33, open 07.30 -18.00 from 16 March to 5 November, 08.00 - 17.30 from 6 November to 15 March, Saturdays from 08.30, Sundays from 09.00)

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Photographe : Marc Verhille
Itineraries drawn up by the City Hall of Paris are available at the main gates, and at the “Conservation” near Avenue Principale. The cemetery is situatied at the site of the "Folie-Regnault", a rest-house for Jesuits established in the 17th century at the instigation of Louis XIV’s confessor: Père de la Chaise. Following th expulsion of the Jesuits in 1763, the city bought back the property in 1804 and transformed it into a cemetery, following the plans of Brongniart (the architect of the Bourse).

Many famous tombs are scattered through the cemetery: Jim Morrison, the recumbent effigy of Victor Noir, Chopin, Allan Kardec, Héloïse and Abélard, etc. In the south west corner rises the Mur des Fédérés (Wall of the Federated). At the end of the bloody week of the Commune in May 1871, the insurgents entrenched in the cemetery gave battle to the Versaillais (the army established t Versailles). The survivors were shot against this wall. To the side, several monuments pay homage to the victims of the Nazis.

Cimetière de Montmartre (18è)

20 Avenue Rachel 75018 Paris (a brochure is available at the entrance, tel. 01 43 87 64 24).

A pleasant, verdant cemetery where the architecture of terraces, staircases and overhangs seems somewhat rickety. There can found are the tombs of Berlioz, Dalida, Degas, Stendhal, Truffaut, Zola and others…



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Photographe : Henri Garat
In the catacombs, visitors enter an underground network of caves which have been mined since antiquity for plaster used in construction. The visitor can also proceed to the ossuary, where the bones of 6-7 million Parisians were stowed in the 19th century, while the old cemeteries of Paris were being closed.





THE SEWERS click here

The visit to the sewers moves through several galleries which were purpose-built to allow visitors to discover parts of the sewer network.

The visit is organised in the heart of the network, where one can see the collection drain beneath Avenue Bosquet, the main sewer line under Rue Cognacq-Jay, the storm drain beneath Place de la Résistance or indeed the beginning of the channel that brings some of the used water from the left bank to the treatment centre in Achères.

Also displayed throughout the corridors of the museum and along the walls of the tour route are numerous models and real machines, some of which were used in the past and some which are still used today for the maintenance of the network.

Visitors also have the chance to visit a "wagon-vanne" used for the dredging of the sewers – a sort of floating sluice gate which is used to clean out the big collector tanks, or indeed a very old pump used to control the water levels. An audio visual display room completes the tour.

Metro : Pont de l'Alma, rive gauche,
Facing 93 quai d'Orsay.
75007 Paris
Tel. : 01 53 68 27 81

Closed Thursdays and Fridays
Saturday to Wednesday 11.00 – 16.00 from 1/10 to 30/04
Saturday to Wednesday 11.00 – 17.00 from 1/05 to 30/09
Museum closed for the last three weeks of January


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Photographe : Catherine Balet
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