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“An absolute must on your Paris check-list” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)
3 bd. Edgar-Quinet | 14e, Paris, France (Montparnasse)
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Ranked #121 of 637 Attractions in Paris
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: The tombs of Charles Baudelaire, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir are located here.
Hamilton, NJ
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“An absolute must on your Paris check-list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Through the recent years we have been to the Montparnasse cemetery at least five times. Unlike a more 'touristy' Pere Lachaise, the Montparnasse Cemetery is more tranquil and relaxing. Some days there would be just a few visitors here and there. The list of famous people, distinguished not only in the history of France but other countries and the entire world, defies description. The only problem, however, is locating a grave one is looking for. You can pick up a free map at the entrance (or on-line) but often a time this very general map is of no help giving only a very rough idea of the location needed. Certain graves such as Serge Gainsbourg's and Jean-Paul Sartre's and Simone de Bouvoir's are easy to find because of their either central or next-to-the-main-entrance respective locations; the others require meticulous walks back and forth and putting lots of effort and persistence. You could be standing a foot away from Chaim Soutine's grave and still easily miss it. It took us over half an hour to find Albert Dreyfus's grave, standing all that time withing a few feet away from it. Don't be mistaken by Charles Baudelaire's big-scale statue by the wall, it is not his grave. Look for the family grave of the Aurics (Baudelaire's hated step-father), that's Charles Baudelaire's proper burial place. To avoid inevitable frustrations our advice is to invest more time in your visit and definitely more patience. Don't forget to visit the second eastern part of the cemetery too (located to the east of rue Emile Richard).
The restroom facilities are located by the main (northern) entrance on Boulevard Edgar Quinet. Please do not expect America-style amenities; it is quite antiquated.

Visited July 2012
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Paris, France
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“Very famous people are buried in Montparnasse cemetery”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

I visited this cemetery with an auctionneer to evaluate the statue of the kiss of Brancusi, (60 million euros minimum...)
This gave me the opportunity to discover this cemetery which is exceptional, a summary of what can be found there is hereafter :
Famous people buried in the Montparnasse cemetery are: Sainte-Beuve - Henri Poincaré - Proudhon - Dreyfus - Charles Baudelaire - Guy de Maupassant - Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir - Gérard - Fantin Latour - Rude (author of the Marseillaise à l'Arc de Triomphe) - Houdon - Zadkine - Bartholdi Charles Garnier - César Frank - Saint-Saëns - Littré - Larousse - Cécile Sorel - Beckett. Famous sculptors: 'The Four Sergeants of la Rochelle', accused of being part of the 'Carbonari' secret society that tried to raise up France against the Bourbons, were beheaded in 1822. They had been buried at Clamart before being cleared by the July government. A monument commemorates them (8th div.). Tomb T. Rachevskaia. It is here that the famous 'Kiss' of Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) can be found. This stone sculpture dating from 1910 is one of the first works carried out in Paris in the cubist style by the Romanian sculptor whose workshop has been reproduced in front of the Beaubourg Centre.

Visited December 2011
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Haifa, Israel
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“Sorry for the residents if we disturbed them with our presence, but we enjoyed visiting this mind opening place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

A site map locates all the famous personalities buried in this historic place. We paid our respects to Sartre and De Beauvoir, to Serge Gainsbourg, Beckett and Baudelaire. We thanked Bartholdi for the sculpture he made. We missed Brancusi but saw his famous sculpture, "the kiss".
It is very philosophical to see all the religions coexisting together, Jews, Christians, Moslems and even Chinese and Masons. It will be more beneficial to all when this cohabitation shall expand to the living as well.

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“Beautiful and Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Spent a very nice afternoon searching for famous people; especially interested in finding Alfred Dreyfus grave after watching movie about his trial.

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“An existential pilgrimage: and it is free!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beavoir modestly lie in this beautiful cemetry in the 14th, the real Parisian's Paris. Near the catacombs and near some fabulous architecture nearby, check out Passage D'Enfer to be blown away,
Nice loos and not too big. Jim Morrison isn't buried here but who cares.
Popped in while the kids held our place in the 2 hour queue for the catacombs

Visited August 2012
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