The Place du 18 juin 1940 of Paris!!!

These are just a new thingy that I am into streets of Paris. Well no place better than to write about the streets of Paris than on places where you have spent a good part of your life. I used to worked for several years in this part of my eternal Paris and made many merchants friends over the years some gone other still there, no opportunity is enough when coming now to Paris by Montparnasse to stop by for a meal or drink or even a last minute item for a shop before heading back to my Morbihan Breton!

I like to tell  you about the  Place du 18 juin 1940.  The square is located in the Notre-Dame-des-Champs  neighborhood or quartier of the 6éme arrondissement or district, and also,  in the Necker neighborhood of the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris. It is in front of the Gare Montparnasse. This square was named in commemoration of the appeal launched by General de Gaulle to the French in WWII. The square is crossed by Boulevard Montparnasse. The Rue de Rennes, beginning at Saint Germain des Prés, ends here. Other avenues overlooking the square: rue du Départ, and rue de l’Arrivée and the rue d’Odessa which extends through the Rue de la Gaîté.


The place du 18 juin 1940 is served by the metro lines  4, 6, 12 and 13 at the station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, as well as by the bus lines RATP 28, 58, 82, 91, 92,  95 and 96. The metro station taken them all and the buses did the 82, 91, and  95 very nicely.


This is at the heart of Montparnasse where you will find cinemas, restaurants, and shops. The square was formerly part of the Rue de Rennes became Place de Rennes towards 1880 during the work of the old Gare Montparnasse (which adjoins the south of the square until its destruction in the 1960’s), a new  Gare Montparnasse station was built further south on the edge of the Avenue du Maine.  It finally ,takes in 1951 the name Place du 18-Juin-1940.


Places of interest in htis area in my opinion! :  The cinema of Bretagne/Brittany, almost on the square. The real estate ensemble buildings include the  tour Maine-Montparnasse, including the Montparnasse Tower, the building C often designated by the acronym CIT (for International textile Center) and the building D or tour Express, all three built on the site of the old train station Montparnasse. Located at the base of the building complex in the  tour Maine-Montparnasse, the shopping center Montparnasse Rive Gauche ( 10 Rue du Départ ) and, within it, the department store Galeries Lafayette Montparnasse.  One of the Wallace fountains is by  6 bd du Montparnasse.

From the city of Paris an Urban renovation is in the works including the train station , tour, and Maine Montparnasse buildings, more to come of this wonderful ever changing neighborhood and the different district that bordered it. webpage:

The Paris tourist office on gare Montparnasse

There you go folks a nice open area of Paris seldom visited and needs to be visited more. My Montparnasse by the train station of same name. Many nice souvenirs and still lucky to be able to pass by once in a while. Hope you enjoy the walks around Place 18 juin 1940 in my part of eternal Paris.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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