Visiting Paris cemeteries

Explore Paris cemeteries: an unusual visit packed with history and anecdotes.

Cimetère du Père Lachaise © DR

Paris cemeteries are part and parcel of  the city’s cultural heritage. People come from all over the world to visit the tombs of famous people who were buried in Paris, like Jim Morrison’s tomb at the Père Lachaise cemetery. The cemeteries also provide an opportunity for an offbeat and picturesque stroll in a tranquil atmosphere away from the city’s bustle.

The best known cemeteries in Paris are Père Lachaise and the Montmartre and Montparnasse cemeteries, but there are 14 cemeteries altogether in the French capital. These peaceful spots popular with walkers are often vast spaces: the three biggest ones are from 11 to 44 hectares in area. Filled with trees and flowers, the cemeteries bear testimony to the extraordinarily rich cultural life that has contributed to the prestige of Paris over the centuries.

Proust, Chopin, Balzac, Duras, Stendhal, Degas, Berlioz, Brancusi and many other prominent artistes are buried here. Besides the fascination of visiting and meditating by the graves of famous people, many tombs have features of architectural, cultural or historical interest, and can be visited in the course of a guided tour.

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Park, garden, promenade
Face au 21 boulevard de Ménilmontant, Paris, 75020

The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV's confessor, Father François d'Aix de La Chaise. It is the most......

Cimetière de Montmartre

Park, garden, promenade
20 avenue Rachel, Paris, 75018

The Montmartre cemetery, officially known as the Cimitière du Nord, opened in 1825. It is the third largest necropolis in Paris,......

Cimetière du Montparnasse

Park, garden, promenade
3 boulevard Edgard Quinet, Paris, 75014

Opened in 1824, the Montparnasse cemetery, which has a surface area of 19 hectares, is the second largest necropolis in Paris,......