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BUS 68

1 - 2 - 3



3 Sèvres Babylone - Porte d'Orléans



Place de Clichy - Porte d'Orléans

1 place de Clichy - Pyramides

2 Pyramides - Sèvres Babylone

3 Sèvres Babylone - Porte d'Orléans




It's worth stopping to look at some métro entrances along this section of the 68:

    - Rennes and Notre Dame des Champs were designed by Bechman around 1910 as well as almost all the entrances of this line, Sèvres Babylone was     designed in 1927.

    - Earlier art nouveau stations by Hector Guimard can be seen at Raspail, Denfert Rochereau and Mouton Duvernet. These were deemed unattractive and     were phased out after 1913.

     - Several later entrances are indicated by tall poles: Sèvres Babylone with a 1922 pole, Vavin, Raspail and Denfert Rochereau with a 1960 pole.



Sèvres Babylone

The Bon Marché was the first French department store selling goods at clearly-labelled fixed prices. Its success led to the opening of the Hôtel Lutétia (1911) nearby to attract customers from out of town. With its superb art deco interior, it was home to many artists between the wars and was used to shelter returning deportees in 1945.

Rue du Cherche Midi


The Cherche-Midi military prison which had held Dreyfus was demolished in 1966. François Mauriac was a renowned author and Nobel Prize winner.

Rennes Raspail

Sainte-Beuve the literary critic died at 11 rue du Montparnasse on October 11th 1869. General de Gaulle lived at 110 boulevard Raspail from 1932 to 1937.

Notre Dame des Champs


see Artists' studios in Montparnasse



Novelist Pierre Benoit lived at n°207 and poet  Pierre Seghers at n°230 boulevard Raspail.

Raspail Edgar Quinet

Victor Considérant

Like most bronze statues, that of Raspail was melted down during the Occupation. Ludovic Trarieux founder of the French Human Rights movement is commemorated in Square Ledoux at place Denfert Rochereau.

Denfert Rochereau

The twin toll gate houses by Ledoux are remnants of the 18th century  wall and were the setting for the 3rd act of Puccini’s La Bohème.

Mouton Duvernet




Alésia Maine / Alésia Général Leclerc


St. Pierre de Montrouge was designed in 1870 by Vaudremer who was also the archtitect of ND d'Auteuil , lycées (high schools) Buffon and Molière, prison of La Santé, etc...

Porte d'Orléans