Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse), Paris

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)
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Historic Sites • Cemeteries
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The tombs of Charles Baudelaire, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir are located here.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Montparnasse
The namesake tower of Montparnasse dominates over the landscape but the fun part is the throbbing life that goes on below it. Bright lights, busy cinemas, brasseries and diners encompass hidden museums and parks to entertain the masses. Long avenues lead away from the tower to take you to unsuspecting places and historical monuments and treasures. In between lie adorable ivy-covered houses with beams and small gardens to match. Just a short metro ride away from the center of Paris this neighborhood has something for every hour of the day.
How to get there
  • Edgar Quinet • 3 min walk
  • Raspail • 4 min walk
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pupumann0
Ballycastle, UK409 contributions
Gem in Montparnesse
Jul 2020
Spend an morning or afternoon strolling through the hallowed grounds of this lessor known cemetery in Paris and you wont be disappointed - 47 acres and 35,000 people interred! From Serge Gainsburg to Jean Paul Sartre! Toilets on site. The cemetery guide free copies are located at the main entrance and your can return these after your finish! Nice walk from Montparnesse station and lots of eateries en route suggest the Vavin junction for good places to eat and also the metro! Also some nice small boutique Hotels around Vavin (Hotel Danemark is very good) and nearby the Luxemberg gardens southern entrance - final tip - the house that Gertrude Stein lived in is also nearby at Vavin - 27 rue de Fleurus. Has a blue plaque!.
Written June 29, 2021
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Turner S
Paris, France863 contributions
peaceful walk and interesting sculptures
May 2021
Walking through a cemetery should seem morbid or dark. There are many amazing sculptures to see. More importantly one can take time to reflect on those who came before us and their accomplishments, from Serge Gainsbourg to Jacques Chirac. I enjoyed looking up the names and learning their stories. It was a lovely way to pass the time on a nice day. It is a grid layout which makes it less confusing than Pere Lachaise. Afterwards, you can walk down Rue Daguerre market street nearby with its many ethnic restaurants to give yourself a break from French cuisine.
Written May 13, 2021
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ChrisO
4 contributions
Well kept cemetery
Oct 2019
Not usually a place to review but this cemetery has a number of famous people buried there. It is well kept and some of the mausoleums has been built so elegantly . It is also well kept and i spent the afternoon wandering around and reading the gravestones. Cemeteries are not an uplifting place to go to but this one is certainly worth a visit if staying in around montparnasse or montmarte.
Written September 22, 2020
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Sonata-Julija
Zaventem, Belgium13 contributions
Very nice cemetary
Feb 2020 • Family
We are family of three, each of us was looking for a different tomb. We found what we wanted.Cemetaries, in general, tell lots of history behind. Architectual style of tombs varries a lot. Cemetaries represent a big part of the history, culture and nation itself. It is the second biggest after the Pierre Lachase.
Written March 1, 2020
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Janis L
Tiburon, CA203 contributions
A detour for the taphophile while in Paris
Jan 2020 • Couples
I love cemeteries. Good ones take you on a journey through history, art and family. Montparnasse is in central Paris near the Luxembourg Gardens so how can you miss? There is a division between the Christian and Jewish parts of the cemetery - weird but interesting, n'est-ce pas? The tombstones and mausoleums are amazing. Rife with sculpture and bas relief work. There are old memorials and others are contemporary. Do look for the tombs of Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir with their bus ticket and cigarette offerings. Also look for Baudelaire, de Maupassant, Dreyfus and many other notables. There is signage at some of the path intersections with maps of the famous who are entombed here. Great place for an afternoon stroll.
Written February 11, 2020
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Wander & Wonder
Singapore, Singapore1,642 contributions
Montmartre Cemetery
Dec 2019 • Family
Montmartre Cemetery (French: Cimetière de Montmartre) is a cemetery that dates to the early 19th century. Officially known as the Cimitière du Nord, it is the third largest necropolis in Paris, after the Père Lachaise cemetery and the Montparnasse cemetery. It a nice and quiet place to walk and reflect although some people may find it a bit weird and scary.
Written February 3, 2020
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Trappatoni
Dunboyne, Ireland29 contributions
Famous graves
Jan 2020 • Couples
Surprisingly new graves here among the old. Found Samuel Beckett, Jean Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir, if you combine it in an afternoon with the sunset at montparnasse tower which is spectacular view of Paris at night its a worthwhile trip out. On its own it’s not worth going out of the way for. I stayed nearby and had time to spare so managed to fit it in!
Written January 22, 2020
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debsywalker
Slough, UK2,920 contributions
Unusual but Fabulous Atmosphere
Jan 2020 • Solo
I do have a thing for graveyards, tombs and cemeteries. It's a slice of history taking time to read and also looking at the elaborate resting places. From the ordinary to the famous to the hero this cemetery has them all and for me, well worth the visit.
Written January 8, 2020
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T B
York, UK861 contributions
Tranquil retreat
Dec 2019 • Couples
A peaceful retreat, where you can quietly reflect both on your own life and also those of some of the world’s great enlighteners. Put on some lipstick and pucker up to kiss the grave stone of Sartre and de Beauvoir. There’s many more to reflect on too, just do a quick search for : Montparnasse cemetery map.
Enjoy!
Written December 21, 2019
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QuentinYoknapatawpha
Yoknapatawpha269 contributions
A place of peace and quiet reflection in the heart of the citt
Nov 2019 • Couples
Visiting cemeteries is perhaps an acquired taste. But the cemeteries of Paris are particularly beautiful. And Montparnasse Cemetery has the peculiar distinction of being a haven of peace in the heart of a lively city. A measure of this is you see office workers and students strolling through or having their lunch there, and individuals or families carrying flowers or watering cans for flowers to the graves of loved ones.
Famous people, from Baudelaire to Beckett, are buried there. So are the not so famous. They are all equal now. And life goes on. Those are the kind of thoughts that spring to mind for my wife and myself every time we go there. Which is every time we visit Paris.
It’s a perfect place to pause and reflect (and get away from other tourists). And, afterwards, it’s just a short walk to La Closerie des Lilas, a superb and beautiful bar and restaurant, where those such as Hemingway celebrated life as well as lamenting its inevitable passing.
Written November 4, 2019
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Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse) is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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