Fodor's Expert Review Cimetière du Montparnasse

Montparnasse Cemetery

Many of the neighborhood's most illustrious residents rest here, a stone's throw from where they lived and loved: Charles Baudelaire, Frédéric Bartholdi (who designed the Statue of Liberty), Alfred Dreyfus, Guy de Maupassant, and, more recently, photographer Man Ray, playwright Samuel Beckett, writers Marguerite Duras, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir, actress Jean Seberg, and singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Opened in 1824, the ancient farmland is the second-largest burial ground in Paris and is spread over 47 acres—so if you go late in the day, give yourself plenty of time to get back to the gate before the exits are locked. (The largest cemetery in Paris is Cimetière du Père-Lachaise; see Eastern Paris.)


Quick Facts

Entrances on Rue Froidevaux, Bd. Edgar Quinet
Paris, Île-de-France  75014, France

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, Closes dusk–dawn , Gates lock at 5:30 pm (around 6 to 6:30 pm mid-Mar.–late Oct.)

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