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Montparnasse Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Montparnasse) is a cemetery in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, in the city's 14th arrondissement. The cemetery is roughly 47 acres and is the second largest cemetery in Paris. The cemetery has over 35,000 graves and approximately a thousand people are buried here each year.
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This is a beautiful cemetery in the city centre, split in two by a city road! Although nearly 200 years old, it is very well maintained. I paid my respects to the resting place of author Guy De Maupassant, whose stories I enjoyed during my school days. You can spend a few hours walking through the serene lanes here and find some solace.
This cemetery has multiple known people, e.g the philosopher Sartre. It is however the large gravestones and the feeling of entering into a different world in the middle of Paris that is the best with this sight.
Amazing location to dwell through a huge spectrum of inspiring people. Finding the graves is like an Easter egg hunt. If you don’t feel like an Easter egg hunt, check the grave map before.
You might think it's creepy to visit a cemetery, especially if you're from a different city or country right !? Believe it or not, as we researched Paris prior to our trip, the cemetery came up a couple of times. Paris (and Prague to give another example) have way more tombstones with lots of history dating back to WW1 & WW2. It demonstrates the tragedies that a war can cause. At the Montparnasse cemetery, you can pick up a “Map” at the entrance, which lists where famous were buried. This is where French singer Serge Gainsbourg's remains lie. You might remember him from his song "Bonnie and Clyde" with Brigitte Bardot. You will also find lots of monuments, pieces of art, beautiful gardens and flowers. Who knows, maybe you'll discover one of your ancestors there, think about it! Our Ratings Serge: 4+ Eli: 4 Recommend: it's free to visit, so why not?
The place is very poetic, with beautiful tombstones and little mausoleums. Lots of interesting people buried there. There are free maps for you to search the most famous tombs.