One of the many benefits to traveling with a friend is they encourage you to go places and do things that you wouldn't necessarily do on your own. I would have never thought to seek out a Parisian cemetery, but my friend Julie really wanted to and I'm so glad!
We wandered around Montmartre fairly certain we were heading towards a cemetery we saw on a map, but once we got there we could only look down on it from a bridge.
Which was a great vantage point, but we wanted to wander around inside too.
How do we get down there!?
Finally we found our way down to the entrance, but not before seeing this warning that they take cemetery security very seriously.
Right outside the entrance were several plant and flower shops.
I thought it a little odd for just a moment, then made the connection.
Of course! They're supplying plants and flowers for the graves... (duh!)
Once we were inside it was a little intimidating.
Which way to go?
The Montmartre Cemetery was opened on January 1, 1825. It was initially known as la Cimetière des Grandes Carrières (Cemetery of the Large Quarries). The name referenced the cemetery's unique location, in an abandoned gypsum quarry. The quarry had previously been used during the French Revolution as a mass grave. It was built below street level, in the hollow of an abandoned gypsum quarry located west of the Butte near the beginning of Rue Caulaincourt in Place de Clichy. As is still the case today, its sole entrance was constructed on Avenue Rachel under Rue Caulaincourt.
A popular tourist destination, Montmartre Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous artists who lived and worked in the Montmartre area." (source)
Do you see the little kitty face? What about the one on the left?
Under the bridge we walked on earlier.
There were many cats, so many cats!
Lots of moss.
Some pathways were made of cobbles, while others were simply dirt.
And there was not a bit of space gone to waste.
On the other side of the bridge.
Several tombs had ceramic flowers on them.
They were so delicate...
Thank god vandals hadn't been allowed to damage them.
This one was a head scratcher. A hugging saguaro...
With a Maneki-neko (Japanese lucky cat) flag. The name on the tomb was Christophe Otzenberger, 1961-2017, so this was a fairly new addition.
This was the other most decorated grave we saw.
here, if you're curious.
We could have wandered around here for hours, but more of (living) Paris was waiting to be discovered.
And so we walked on...
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