If you happen to find yourself in the Montparnasse neighborhood, don’t forget the big and beautiful Montparnasse Cemetery. Second biggest cemetery in Paris, it has been built in 1824, at the same time as other Parisian cemeteries (the Passy Cemetery, the Montmartre Cemetery and the Père-Lachaise Cemetery).
Planted with about 1200 trees, strolling there is a free pleasure. We roam between the graves of unknown people and illustrious characters from history, art, cinema, literature, painting… If you want a detailed tour of the cemetery, a map is handed over for free at the entrance and you’ll find the spot of famous tombs.
Among the celebrities buried there, writers (Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Charles Baudelaire, Robert Desnos, Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Marguerite Duras, Joseph Kressel, Guy de Maupassant, Pierre Louÿs, Vercors, Henri Troyat), actors (Mireille Darc, Bruno Cremer, Serge Reggiani, Jean Seberg, Philippe Noiret, Jean Poiret, Delphine Seyrig, Jean Carmet), movie makers (Jacques Demy, Eric Rohmer, Maurice Pialat, Alain Resnais, Gérard Oury, Claude Sautet, Jacques Becker).
As well as composers (Camille Saint-Saëns), photographers (Gyula Brassaï, Man Ray), painters (Eugène Carrière), historical figures (Alfred Dreyfus) and politicians (Simone Veil, Raymond Barre).
Don’t forget to pay a visit to Serge Gainsbourg’s grave on which fans from all over the world come every day to leave flowers as well as metro tickets and even cabbages!
For the anecdote, the Montparnasse Cemetery has been built in lieu of three farms and you can still see these remains from the past since on of the towers of the flour mills stands in the cemetery and has even been listed as historical monument.
A beautiful tour ahead.
Cimetière du Montparnasse
3, boulevard Edgar Quinet
75014 Paris 14