Cimetière de Montmartre

Montmartre Cemetery is in the 18th arrondissement of paris. Opened in 1st January 1825 on an abandoned gypsum quarry that was originally used as a mass grave during the French Revolution. It was put into service owing to the Cimetière des Innocents being shut down as Paris residents were banned from burying bodies within the paris city limits (Paris was MUCH smaller then).

A popular tourist attraction today, Cimetière de Montmartre is the final resting place for many famous artists and other notables of the Paris, France and world. Jim Morrison is possibly the most famous, but other tombs/mausoleums/graves are far more interesting to ponder.

Below is the crypt of Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Baudin Victor, a French physician killed on a barricade in 1851. He was secretly buried in Cimetière de Montmartre, and his grave became a rendezvous for Republicans.His remains were deposited in the Panthéon, Paris, on 4 August 1889 for the Centennial of the French Revolution. His original crypt was left.


     Copyright: Christine Ives
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