Montparnasse and its fascinating origins
Although it no longer exists, having been levelled when the area was built up, a small hill once rose where Montparnasse is located, and from which it takes its name. In the 17th century, earnest students would gather on this hill to read and recite poetry. Thus it gained the nickname of Mount Parnassus, after the home of the Muses in Greek mythology. This location was absorbed into the growing city of Paris in 1669, and became a place of dance halls and cabarets during the Revolutionary period. After the glory days of Montmartre, Montparnasse took on that district's mantle as the intellectual and artistic hub of Paris, giving rise to what was referred to as The Crazy Years of the 1920s.
Today many of the writers and artists who came to reap the benefits of the district's creative atmosphere are buried in the local cemetery. Opened in 1824, this is a beautiful place of marvellous tombs, statues and headstones. Baudelaire, Beckett, Sartre and many other greats lie here. In complete contrast is the Montparnasse Tower, an office skyscraper built between 1969 and 1972. The observation floor and rooftop terrace of this 689 foot high building command spectacular views across the city. For those who are curious about the history of Montparnasse, the district has its own charming little museum.
The Hotel de Suede recommends a visit to Montparnasse
The Hotel de Suede offers a tranquil and central location in the heart of Paris. Well served by public transport, our comfortable and charming hotel offers a convenient proximity to the many sites of interest and landmarks of this wonderful city.