Boulevard Raspail

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Boulevard Raspail
Boulevard Raspail, Paris 24 August 2013.jpg
Length 2,370 m (7,780 ft)
Width 30 m (98 ft)
Arrondissement 6th, 7th, 14th
Quarter Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Montparnasse
From 205, boulevard Saint-Germain and 61, rue du Bac
To place Denfert-Rochereau
Denomination 9 July 1887
Boulevard Raspail crossing rue de Sèvres and rue de Babylone. Sèvres-Babylone metro station at the left.

Boulevard Raspail is a boulevard of Paris, in France.

Its orientation is north-south, and joins boulevard Saint-Germain with place Denfert-Rochereau whilst traversing 7th, 6th and 14th arrondissements. The boulevard intersects major roadways: rue de Sèvres, rue de Rennes and boulevard Montparnasse.

Its former name was boulevard d'Enfer, of which the passage d'Enfer is a vestigial relic.

Located near the Métro stationsRue du BacRennesNotre-Dame-des-Champs and Sèvres – Babylone.


The boulevard was named after François-Vincent Raspail (1794–1878), French chemist, physician and politician.


The section between a point approximately 80 m beyond the rue de Varenne and rue de Sèvres was dug in 1869. The 90 m section from rue Stanislas was opened up by MM. Bernard frères.

The section between boulevard Edgar-Quinet and place Denfert-Rochereau had incorporated the old boulevard d'Enfer and the external boulevard (part of boulevard de Montrouge) into a single road by the law of 16 June 1859. Its width was 70 m before the decree of 14 September 1892.

Boulevard Raspail was heavily criticized by Le Corbusier in Toward an Architecture.

In 1933, the enlarged part of boulevard Raspail surrounding n° 51, where it meets the rue du Cherche-Midi, was named place Alphonse-Deville. The chemin de ronde d'Enfer was annexed from boulevard Raspail and boulevard Edgar-Quinet.

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Coordinates: 48°50′42″N 2°19′43″E / 48.84500°N 2.32861°E / 48.84500; 2.32861