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“Very famous people are buried in Montparnasse cemetery”

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetiere Montparnasse)
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Owner description: The tombs of Charles Baudelaire, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir are located here.
Paris, France
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“Very famous people are buried in Montparnasse cemetery”
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.”
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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Holmdel, New Jersey
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“Beautiful and Peaceful”
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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North London
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“An existential pilgrimage: and it is free!”
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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London, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

We visited the cemetery as we were staying nearby in Montparnasse. We found it very interesting to see who had been interred here, and enjoyed wandering around looking at the various types of crypts, gravestones, etc. It is a stark contrast to the Highgate cemetery in London, which is very overgrown with vegetation. The is cemetery was clean and very well-maintained.

Visited July 2012
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