I know it might sound morbid, especially for a “Life is Sweet” proclaiming cookie baker, but I find cemeteries peaceful and intriguing. So, much to KF’s chagrin, there was no way I could leave Paris without visiting the famed Montmartre Cemetery.
Cimetière Montmartre opened in 1825 after the Parisian ban on cemeteries (due to health hazzards) had been lifted and is built in a rock quarry below street level that is approx. 11 hectares (1 hectare=107,639 square feet) in size- AKA: Huge! *
This cemetery is the resting place of many artists, dignitaries and other famous people but is also home to the graves and tombs of many “regular people” and their families.
It contains some of the most elaborate tombs I have even seen (I thought New Orleans cemeteries were elaborate!). It is also still an active cemetery so while it is a tourist attraction, we were careful to be quiet and respectful.
It was later in the day, and as the sun started getting closer to the horizon line, KF started finding our way to the exit.
…and were relieved to see cemetery workers a few rows back, behind a blue tarp doing some maintenance work. Whew! After that I started noticing the various tomb doors a lot more…
And just as we were nearly back to where we had entered at Rue Rachel, KF pointed out this grave that was more “his style”.
20 rue Rachel
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