Mont Parnasse ( Mount Parnassus ) was given its name in the 17th century because of an artificial hill made of rubbish, that resembled the home of Apollo where amorous adventures abounded.One has always come to Montparnasse to have a party; a friendly place to meet and have fun.It was during the wild years ( 1919-1931 ) that the Montparnasse district won fame as the center of the artistic, literary and cultural life of Paris.It was here that Chagall, Picasso, Léger, Gris, Foujita, Giacometti, Dali, Matisse, Soutine, Modigliani, Breton, Cocteau, Sartre, Miller, Miro, Man Ray, Cendrars, Brancusi, Jammes, Fitzgerald… and so many others came to live.Montparnasse remains an enticing center of interest due to its legendary cafés ” Le Dôme, La Coupole, Le Select, La Closerie des Lilas and so many others…”as well as its many restaurants, theatres, and movies houses. In addition, the Montparnasse Tower today serves as the emblem of what has become a world famous business center.

Montparnasse yesterday

The Montparnasse Tower

The large tower was constructed in a single phase from the end of 1969 to the end of 1972. Its 56 floors, each covering nearly 2000 m2, represent 112000 m2 of superstructure. Out of the 58 floors, 52 are occupied by offices. Two floors are open to the public, the 56th and the terrace on…
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The metro

The Paris Métro is the metro (underground) system in Paris, France. It was originally known as the “Chemin de Fer Métropolitain” (“Metropolitan railway”), then “Métropolitain,” quickly abbreviated to “Métro”. Speakers of verlan call it “le tromé.” The system consists of 16 lines, identified by numbers from 1 to 14, with two minor lines 3b and…
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The Queen of Montparnasse

Kiki, was the stage name for Alice Ernestine Prin (1901 – 1953), a nightclub singer, actress, model, and painter. Born in Chatillon-sur-Seine, Côte d’Or, Burgundy, France on October 2, 1901. An illegitimate child, she was raised in abject poverty by her grandmother. At age 12 she was sent to Paris to be educated and by…
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La Closerie des Lilas

The cafés and bars of Montparnasse were a vital meeting place where new ideas were hatched and mulled over. The cafés at the centre of Montparnasse’s night-life were in the Carrefour Vavin, now renamed Place Pablo-Picasso. The cafés Le Dôme, La Closerie des Lilas, La Rotonde, Le Select, and La Coupole — all of which…
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The Cimetiere de Montparnasse

The Cimetière du Montparnasse is a famous cemetery in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, France. It is in the 14ème arrondissement. Created from three farms in 1824, the Montparnasse cemetery was originally known as Le Cimetière du Sud. Cemeteries had been banned from Paris since the shutting down of the Cimetière des Innocents in 1786…
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La ruche

La Ruche (literally the beehive) is an artist’s residence in Montparnasse Quarter of Paris, France. Located in Montparnasse’s “Passage Danzig,” in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, La Ruche was an old three-storey circular structure that got its name because it looked more like a large beehive than any dwelling for humans. Originally a temporary building…
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Montparnasse today

La Coupole

Entrer dans ce lieu mythique, c’est prendre le chemin de la légende de Montparnasse. Bien plus qu’un splendide restaurant chargé d’histoire, La Coupole est aussi le repaire de soirées très courues dans la capitale: les “Slam Sessions” – poèsie rythm La Coupole, c’est d’abord un décor, une ambiance, une histoire. Lorsqu’on entre, on est tout…
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Gare Montparnasse

La gare actuelle est la 3ème gare Montparnasse. La première s’appelait gare de l’Ouest, construite en 1840, elle était située sur l’emplacement actuel de la tou r Montparnasse. Ancienne gare Le trafic s’intensifiant, une seconde gare plus grande fut construite en 1852, exactement à la même place. Elle était formée d’un portique en arcade, surmonté…
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