07 September 2017 | Top
Cemeteries in Paris : the 5 most famous ones you can visit
Several authors, musicians, soldiers or poets are buried in Paris. Sometimes going in a cemetery can give you the opportunity to recollect and have a nice walk in the capital. We picked 5 beautiful cemeteries in Paris.
Père Lachaise cemetery
The Père Lachaise graveyard is the most prestigious and visited necropolis in the capital. There are 44 ha and 70 000 emplacements. The cemetry « Père Lachaise » comes from the name of the king Louis XIV’s confessor, father François d’Aix de La Chaise. You can find this place in the 20th district of Paris. Finally you can see famous men and women graves : Jim Morisson, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Jean de la Fontaine, Frédéric Chopin etc …
ADDRESS : 16 RUE DU REPOS, 75020 PARIS
The Montparnasse graveyard opened in 1824, and has an area of 19 ha. It’s the second largest parisian necropolis after the Père Lachaise cemetry. There are a lot of trees and famous grave of authors like Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Jean-Paul Sartre …
ADDRESS : 3 BOULEVARD EDGAR QUINET, 75014 PARIS
The Montmartre cemetry opened in 1825 and is the third largest necropolis in the capital. The area is 11 ha and is located near from Sacré Cœur basilica in the 18th district of Paris. You can have a nice walk there and admire beautiful trees. There are 20 000 graves in the graveyard including those of Emile Zola, Dalida, Stendhal …
ADDRESS : 20 AVENUE RACHEL, 75018 PARIS
The Passy graveyard is a small parisian necropolis in the 16 district. This place has a really fantastic view on the Seine, the Eiffel Tower and the Chaillot palace. You can admire hundred of chestnut and huge graves of artistic personalities of the former centuries like : Claude Debussy and Edouard Manet etc …
ADDRESS : 2 RUE DU COMMANDANT SCHLOESING, 75016 PARIS
The Vaugirard cemetry is located in the 15th district of Paris and is the oldest graveyard in the capital. It opened in 1787 and possesses a large military area where are buried the dead of the first World War. There are 3000 graves and more than 1 ha of area.
ADDRESS : 320 RUE LECOURBE, 75015 PARIS
Even though it might be a bit depressing, cemeteries are ideal to relax and feel the weight of the French cultural history! ‘Here’ are other cultural places to visit in the French capital.