Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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
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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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4.0
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ChrisO
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Belgium20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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debsywalker
Slough, UK2,905 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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aesilver
Los Angeles41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
I am so glad that I stumbled upon this place. I was heading to the Catacombs and took what I expected to be a brief 5 minute detour though the cemetery. I ended up spending 45 minutes, at least, winding my way through the landmark.

So much history, beauty, love and loss. I’d never seen anything like it.
Written April 25, 2022
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explore_with_may
Philippines949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I recommend visiting this place if you are in the area and have some time. It is the second largest cemetery in Paris, made for nice walks, free, and several famous people, including Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, are buried here. However, not as beautiful as Pere Lachaise and the Montparnasse Tower sort of ruins the view in some angles.
Written June 17, 2022
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Yves G
Paris, France333 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
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.
Written September 1, 2012
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ManuAcevedo
Lima, Peru81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
To visit Cesar Vallejo´s tombstone it´s a little difficult but i hope with these pictures it woill be easier. Walk through the Avenue Principale. Turn left on Allee Lenoir between the 13th and the 2nd division. Walk until you reach the Allee Chauveau Lagarde, turn right and find the Famille Vivier Desquibes nitch. Turn left on that small path. Walk almost to the far end. There is a grave with a man´s head facin left. Cesar Vallejo´s grave is two more graves down the right side.

To go to Julio Cortazar´s grave if you are in Avenue Principale go to the Allee Lenoir, but turn right. About 30 metres to your right, there is a white totally recognizable grave. That´s him.

Sartre, is in the the first street of the cementery crossing the Avenue Principale and the Avenue du Boulevart
Written October 4, 2011
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John J
128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
This cemetery is not as impressive as Pere Lachaise. However, my wife and I went here specifically to see Alfred Dreyfus' grave. The cemetery has excellent maps on plastic sheets to make navigating the cemetery easy. Dreyfus was a very important figure in French history and it was very moving to see his grave in person.
Written June 3, 2016
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artnik
Brooklyn, NY355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
Look, you either like these things, or you don't. Or you’re curious, or you’re not. A stroll in a cemetery, especially a beautiful one steeped in history like this one, is a mini adventure; it’s an opportunity to think a bit about past, present and future. To ponder the lives of smart, accomplished people who made some magnificent contributions to this world; to think about who we are and where we’re going to end up (literally and figuratively). It’s also a highly AESTHETIC experience – there is great art in there! One of Brancusi’s versions of “The Kiss” is there; a Niki de St. Phalle mosaic sculpture of a cat (human-sized and happy! Bright! Colorful!); a fantastic pair of carved lions; an insanely phallic monument disguised as a…monument; oh it’s all so great. Here’s my fun story: I was looking for a particular grave (Brassai, if you want to know), and one of the cemetery workers asked if I needed help. I said yes, told him what I was looking for, and he said he’d take me there. We started chatting (in English) and when he found out I was form NY, he said “Oh, too many people there, I could never live there. But then again, there are too many people in my apartment, and I live alone.” I thought this was the most perfect comment to come from a man who worked in a …cemetery. Go, and see what adventure comes to you. TIP: at key places in the cemetery there are large, laminated maps with the notable “residents” listed, their resting places clearly marked, so you can carry the map around with you and then you return it to a hook when you leave the grounds. Very helpful. Check out the inscription on Man Ray’s grave, by his wife.
Written December 3, 2014
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