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Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)

3 bd. Edgar-Quinet | 14e, Paris, France (Montparnasse)
01-44-10-86-50
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Ranked #113 of 755 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites
Activities: Walking
Description: The tombs of Charles Baudelaire, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir are located here.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Irish author Samuel Beckett is buried here amongst many other French nationals. The cemetery is easily visible from the Montparnasse Tour and is easy to get to, no lines and you can wander around looking at the gravestones and monuments. There is a directory of the more well known people buried here but I would not say its an essential... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I've never seen a cemetery like it. Sculpture, works of art, and shady trees make this a pleasant way to wander through Parisian history.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This cemetery is much more manageable than the grand (yet gorgeous, don't get me wrong) Pere Lachaise. They provide maps (which you must return at the end) at the entrance if you're looking for the big names, but you can also just walk around and see the beautiful/quaint/quirky/thought provoking headstones and monuments. Also a nice area for having lunch later,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Easy to navigate around. Plans can be picked up as you go through the gates. We saw some very quirky tombs and graves. Great many famous artists and writers are buried here. Well worth a visit.

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My hubby and I decided to visit this cemetery because it was very close to our Pullman Montparnasse hotel when we were in Paris in June. This attraction was gated and had opening and closing times, but visitors could wander around freely on gravel paths. It is best to have in-hand a plan of this cemetery (print it off their... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Well worth a visit. I have been to Paris many times but this was my first visit, we stayed a couple of hours, looking at the monuments and reading some of the messages. It really made me think about the bigger things in life (and death), it made me feel humble and put many other thoughts into perspective. As you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We visited Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris last January. It was a cold, rainy day but we had fun anyway! Very disappointed that there were no maps available to carry with us. Important to print maps of cemeteries and location of the famous graves BEFORE you leave home!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We spent quite some time wandering around this cemetery on a grey day in Paris. It became more crowded later on when the sun came up, but was still enjoyable. We borrowed one of the laminated plans from a hook on the wall of the house where we entered which outlined approximately where over a hundred famous people's graves could... More

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

On the south central side of the city, just beyond the Montparnasse Tour is the cemetery. There are many notable people buried here and the cemetery can be a pretty and quiet place to take a walk (and a good place to go before touring the catacombs of Paris). There is never a line to get in, no access fees... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The cemetery has an excellent layout and there is a plastic guide to the graves that you can use as you walk around. I think the names tell the story of the place from Mexican Dictator Porfirio Diaz to Eugene Ionescu Romanian playwright to singer Serge Gainsbourg. Composer Cezar Franck has a neat plot while king foodie writer Pierre Larousse... More

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