Montmartre Cemetery From Aurora
Metro stops Blanche and Place de Clichy are equally close At 28 acres, Montmartre is the perfect compact cemetery for art lovers. Indeed, many of the Montmartre district’s most notable residents are spending eternity here. The entrance to Montmartre is at the end of Rue Rachel (named after the early nineteenth century actress Rachel who is in a chapelle mausoleum in Pere-Lachaise). To your right is the conservatory office that dispenses small free maps that indicate the burial sites of the cemetery’s notable residents. Large more detailed maps are also placed throughout the cemetery. There is a bathroom just past the entrance to the cemetery and another between Divisions 1 and 18. Be prepared for a Spartan experience.
Montmartre was established in 1825 on the site of two smaller cemeteries. Originally called the Northern Cemetery, it is sited in an old quarry, making much of the cemetery below street level. Capitalizing on the subsurface aspect, the City of city built a viaduct for bustling Rue Caulaincourt directly over the cemetery. Some of the graves were moved, including Stendhal’s, but many of the older graves are directly underneath the viaduct. Start your tour by climbing up the steps in back of the conservatory office. You’ll be rewarded with an interesting view and a mixture of old and new monuments. Three of the best are the very unique Laurecisque family tomb, the eerie moving face of Dr. Guy Pritchal and the incredibly beautiful statue of the equally beautiful singer Dalida. All the other tombs are downhill from there. Most are on the pathways and easy to find.
Swords and Knives Of all the edged weapons available during this period, the most common was the sword. Aurora Map Every man, while on military duty, had to carry a sword, even when equipped with a firearm. Therefore, every warrior had to be familiar with its use. It should not be surprising to find that in inventories of estates, there would be more swords than firearms and that more examples of this weapon would survive to today. As early as 1608, Captain John Smith was able to report that there were more swords available than men to carry them, and, in 1618, the Committee for Smythes Hundred in Virginia recommended that forty swords and daggers be provided for the thirty-five men soon to arrive from England.
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