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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Disturbing and being distrubed

please feel free to post anything from the past: be it old letters, chest box, costumes, or something from a recent past, or something that is not man-made at all

Montmartre Cemetery 

The clunky industrial blue iron bridge and the intricately carved stone mausoleums from another era are like mismatched puzzle pieces trying to fit together in this evolving city. 
Baron Haussmann, the man responsible for the transformation of Paris as we know it today, wanted to build a road to Montmartre that would open it up to the West of Paris  as part of his urban planning that saw wide and straight avenues cut through the chaotic mass of small streets of which Paris was then composed. It just so happened that his plan involved trampling all over quite a few graves… As construction of the bridge began and the city of Paris began moving several graves to make room for the giant metal pillars, the protests began. The families whose graves would be disturbed by the bridge were offered new plots, free of charge, but one family in particular, descendants of a French admiral, Charles Baudin, took the case all the way to the French sentate. The project was debated in the senate and eventually the families won the case, halting construction of the bridge.
Only six years later, in 1867, Haussmann managed to find his way around it and despite strong opposition, the bridge was finally built, leaving countless graves in the perpetual shadow of Parisian urbanisation.

1 comment:

  1. I was wondering if someone would post graves. I missed this spot when I was in Paris. Thank you, Klara.