49/52 Paris (4) Mourning and Remembrance

I suppose the title of this post is hardly what first springs to mind when you think of Paris, but visits to Notre Dame de Paris, Père Lachaise Cemetery and the incredibly moving Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation respectively produced this set of images which all relate to remembrance and mourning.

The first pair show devotional or votive candles at Notre Dame cathedral. I kept the exposure low to just capture the glow of the candles in the darkness.

The next images were all taken at Père Lachaise Cemetery and all show funereal statuary in its various styles.

Finally, an image taken at the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déporation. This underground memorial is situated at the far tip of Ile de la Cité and honours the memory of the 200,000 people who were deported to concentration camps from Vichy France during the Second World War. This shows the Tomb of the Unknown Deportee and the eternal flame which burns there. With the current rise in extreme right-wing politics and intolerance, the monument serves as a poignant reminder of the horrors this led to in the not too distant past. In the words of the inscription at the exit: “Forgive, but never forget.”

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, Paris. Copyright Fiona Michie.

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