We Enter The Most Beautiful Cemeteries Of Paris

The cemeteries of Paris also tell a part of its history and of the many and many famous people who lived in the city and whose remains rest eternally in them.
We enter the most beautiful cemeteries of Paris

Paris is life, culture, museums, historical sites, and beautiful streets. It is everything we can expect from her and much more: romantic, fun and absorbing, in short, unforgettable. An obligatory tour that is out of the ordinary are the cemeteries of Paris. It is an experience that conveys a certain nostalgia, that has that special air that the city overflows.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the most important cemeteries in the city were built to replace the old cemeteries. Today, there are 14 necropolises that we can visit in Paris. We reveal the most beautiful and their main curiosities.

1. Père-Lachaise, the cemeteries of celebrities

Chopin's tomb in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris
Chopin’s tomb

The largest intramural cemetery in all of Paris is also one of the most recognized in the world. Parisians walk through it as if it were a park. Full of trees and green spaces, its many tombs are one more witness to its rich cultural and architectural heritage.

If you are in the XX Arrondissement, go to number 16 Rue du Repos. With more than 70,000 graves, his work was carried out in the early 19th century by the neoclassical architect Alexandre Théodore Brongniart.

The name Père-Lachaise is a tribute to the confessor of King Louis XIV. The entrance to the cemetery is free, but do not forget to have a map with the different graves that you can see.

Among the famous characters that rest here, in the literary field, Marcel Proust, Honoré de Balzac, Gertrude Stein and Oscar Wilde stand out.

Great composers such as Bizet, Chopin or Rossini also rest eternally in this cemetery. Or singers like Édith Piaf, María Callas or Jim Morrison, whose grave is one of the most famous in existence.

Other celebrities buried here are painters such as Delacroix, Modigliani with his beloved Jeanne Hébuterne, Pisarro or Géricault. Do not forget to approach one of the most illustrious cemeteries that exist.

2. Passy, ​​a necropolis near the Eiffel Tower

Passy Cemetery in Paris
Passy Cemetery

If you are walking through Trocadero, in the 16th Arrondissement, do not hesitate to stop by number 2, Rue du Commandante Schloesing. The Passy cemetery was inaugurated in 1820 and was intended for the aristocracy. With wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower and the banks of the Seine, it is surrounded by chestnut trees.

Among the most recognized “guests” we find the composer Claude Debussy, painters such as Berthe Morisot or Édouard Manet and the famous fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. One of the most visited tombs is that of the Russian artist Marie Bashkirtseff, which recreates her studio and is a national monument.

If you are walking through the Trocadero Gardens, do not miss the opportunity to enter one of the most popular cemeteries in Paris for free.

3. Montparnasse, among the cemeteries of Paris with a bohemian air

Montparnasse Cemetery
Montparnasse Cemetery

Opened in 1824 and built on the land of three farms, it is located in the XIV District, at number 3 on Boulevard Edgar Quinet. After Père-Lachaise, it is the largest cemetery in the city. It also rivals this in terms of the large number of reputed characters that rest here.

In the world of letters we can pay our respects to Julio Cortázar, Samuel Becket, Charles Baudelaire, Marguerite Duras, Guy de Maupassant or the founder of Dadaism, Tristan Tzara. The distinguished pair of philosophers formed by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir also rest in Montparnasse.

Its entrance is also free. Do not forget to go through one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the city and visit its necropolis.

4. Cemeteries of Paris: Montmartre, in the heart of the impressionist neighborhood

Delilah's grave in the Montmartre cemetery
Delilah’s Tomb

Climbing up the Montmartre hill in the 18th Arrondissement, standing in front of the Sacré Coeur, seeing the home of the great artists of the 19th century and contemplating the painters on the Place du Tertre is like traveling to another era. It is one of the most special and picturesque places in Paris, which retains all its charm and authenticity.

Its cemetery maintains all that romantic air in the same way. Located near the Place de Clichy, at 20 Avenue Rachel, it is the last of the four great necropolises in Paris to be inaugurated. Opened in 1825, it has more than 20,000 graves.

Full of trees to walk among and with free access, there are many artists and celebrities who rest in this cemetery: Edgar Degas, Gustave Moreau, Hector Berlioz, Alexandre Dumas Jr., Stendhal or François Truffaut. The tomb of Émile Zola is also here, although his ashes were transferred to the Pantheon in 1908, an honor in France.

Also very visited is the tomb of Dalida, a French singer and actress born in Egypt, always full of flowers.

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