Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris

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Place Denfert-Rochereau, previously known as Place d'Enfer, is a public square located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, France, in the Montparnasse district, at the intersection of the boulevards Raspail, Arago, and Saint-Jacques, and the avenues René Coty, Général Leclerc, and Denfert-Rochereau, as well as the streets Froidevaux, Victor-Considérant and de Grancey. It is one of the largest and most important squares on the left bank of the Seine.

The square is named after Pierre Denfert-Rochereau, the French commander who organized the defense at the siege of Belfort during the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871). It is dominated by the Lion of Belfort statue (a smaller version of the original in the town of Belfort) by Frédéric Bartholdi.

The square is the location of the Paris Catacombs museum. It is frequently the place where demonstrations and protest marches in Paris either start or end. The square is also the place depicted on the backdrop at the beginning of the third act of La Bohème by Puccini.
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  • The Place Denfert-Rochereau is a small area in Paris where the Catacombs are located with a giant Lion statue in the middle of the square, smaller statues nearby and bordered by lots of little...  more »
  • Since I need to go to Saclay for business, I found that Denfert Rochereau is a good place to stay with lots of restaurants and also shops. With RER B, I can easily go to the Ile de France and also...  more »

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