|Length 2,370 m (7,780 ft)|
Denomination 9 July 1887
|Width 30 m (98 ft)|
Inaugurated 9 July 1887
|Quarter Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Montparnasse|
From 205, boulevard Saint-Germain and 61, rue du Bac
To place Denfert-Rochereau
Arrondissements 6th arrondissement of Paris, 7th arrondissement, 14th arrondissement of Paris
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.
Prononciation boulevard raspail
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.