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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