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A quiet and peaceful park

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The Montparnasse Cemetery is the southern cemetery of Paris and one of the biggest ones. Although it might not have the same notoriety as its western counterpart, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, it does offer an extensive display of beautiful funerary art and a quiet green area for a pleasant stroll. It is also the eternal resting place of many French and International celebrities such as Samuel Beckett, Man Ray and the creator of the Statue of Liberty, Bartholdi.

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About this place

3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris
Line 6 - Edgar Quinet / Raspail

Saturday : 8:30 am - 18:00 pm
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Monday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Tuesday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Wednesday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Thursday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Friday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Saturday : 8:30 am - 18:00 pm Sunday : 9:00 am - 18:00 pm

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Montparnasse Cemetery

The Montparnasse Cemetery is the second largest cemetery in Paris, located close to the Tour Montparnasse, the only Parisian skyscraper. With an interesting history, fascinating funeral art and a long list of French and international celebrities, the Montparnasse Cemetery should certainly be on the to-do list if you are in the 14th arrondissement.

Making the Most of it

Unlike its western and northern counterparts, the Montparnasse Cemetery is quite flat, which makes it an easy and enjoyable place for a peaceful afternoon stroll. It can theoretically be enjoyed at any moment of the day, and at every season, but a visit is not recommended on a dull rainy winter day as it can be a little depressing. In summer though, the colorful plants and flowers add even more beauty to this already fascinating area.


Here are some of the famous figures that will rest for eternity in the Montparnasse Cemetery: Samuel Beckett (12th division): Irish modernist novelist (Nobel Prize in Literature winner in 1969). His most notable works are Malloy, Waiting for Godot and Endgame.

Emmanuel Radnitzky, also known as Man Ray (7th division): American artist that greatly contributed to the Surrealist and Dadaist movements of the 20th century.

Auguste Bartholdi (28th division): an influential sculptor of the 19th century, famous for having created the Statue of Liberty.

French celebrities buried in the Montparnasse Cemetery include singer Serge Gainsbourg, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, writer Guy de Maupassant, poet Charles Baudelaire, architect Charles Garnier and Aristide Boucicaut, creator of Le Bon Marché, the first Parisian department store.


There are some surprising tombs in the Montparnasse Cemetery worth mentioning:

The tomb of Charles Pigeon, inventor of a non-exploding gasoline lamp, featuring a life size statue of him and his wife in bed.

The tomb of French sculptor César, has a miniature replica of his famous “Le Centaure” sculpture.

Some famous artists have created or donated a few of their creations to the cemetery including Horace Daillion’s “Le Génie du Sommeil Eternel” and Niki de Saint Phalle‘s “L’oiseau” and “Tombe de Ricardo Menon”.


Once a farm land with 3 ancient farms (an old windmill structure is still visible inside the cemetery), this terrain became a private necropolis for a Roman Catholic order in the 17th century. The growing population of Paris in the early 19th century obliged the authorities to open new cemeteries: the Pere Lachaise Cemetery to the east, Montmartre Cemetery to the north, Passy Cemetery to the west and Montparnasse Cemetery to the south. The latter officially opened on July 25th 1824.


With an area of 19 hectares, Montparnasse Cemetery is not only the second biggest cemetery inside Paris, it is also one of the largest green areas of the capital. There are approximately 1 200 trees which add another reason to go visit the Montparnasse Cemetery. And although it might seem strange for some people to “visit” a cemetery, the magnificent display of funerary art and the long list of celebrities make the Montparnasse Cemetery a must see if you are in the area and want to find a quiet area for a relaxing break.

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