Fresh, quiet and serene places, Parisian cemeteries are free of charge and open to all. they offer beautiful strolls, far from the city’s hustle and bustle and heat. We roam between the tombs of unknown persons and famous figures from cinema, art, literature and painting…
The Père-Lachaise Cemetery is Paris biggest cemetery and one of the most visited ones in the world. Whether it’s for its story, its illustrious figures or even its legends, this place has to be visited when you’re in Paris. Among others, you find the graves of Chopin, Molière, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Simone Signoret and Yves Montand, Alphonse Daudet, Alfred de Musset, Eugène Delacroix, Pierre Desproges and of course, Jim Morrison’s grave on which fans from all over the world come everyday to pray.
The Montmartre Cemetery is the last house of François Truffaut, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Berger, France Gall, Dalida and even Emile Zola. It is fantastic since the Pont Caulaincourt, entirely made of metal overlaps it at south-east since 1888. It’s possible to look at the cemetery from above! It’s an irresistible and refreshing trip in the Montmartre neighborhood.
The Montparnasse Cemetery is the last house of many celebrities. 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… 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!
20 meters underground, quarries contain one of Paris strangest’ cemeteries: the Catacombs. This place known by everyone is, let’s just say it, quite freaky, we all picture skulls, looking at us, aligned and making us fear for our lives. After a visit, we can tell you that the Paris Catacombs are not this scary, and we even rediscovered a forgotten part of Paris History, fascinating!
Set close to the Trocadero Gardens, the Passy Cemetery enjoys a favorable location. We understand why Edouard Manet, Fernandel and even Claude Debussy chose to end their days there, watched over by the Eiffel Tower. With its monumental and Art Deco door, you can’t miss it! So, if you’re looking for some peace and serenity, far from the Trocadero bustle, a small visit of the Passy Cemetery will make you lots of good!
In north-west Paris sets a cemetery quite out of favor and abandoned by tourists and locals: the Batignolles Cemetery. It’s up to you to make a big difference and discover the 15,000 graves including the ones of illustrious French artists, including poet Paul Verlaine’s
Picpus cemetery in Paris is an unknown place and yet it represents a painful part of the history of the French capital. Listed as historic monument, it houses the bodies of people guillotined during the height of the Reign of Terror and their descendants. We find the last house of some illustrious characters such as General Lafayette.
Here’s a surprising cemetery: the Cimetière des Chiens – Dog Cemetery in Asnières-sur-Seine that continues housing dogs, cats, rabbits and all kinds of animals. It’s the first ever cemetery devoted to our pets! All in all, over 40,000 pets have been buried there since the opening of the cemetery in the summer 1899. A surprising cemetery for pets lovers and curious visitors!