Visiting Paris cemeteries

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

Gabriel Rivas Guide Conférencier - Vue Allée Père Lachaise, Paris

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, such as those of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde at Père Lachaise, that of artist César at Montparnasse cemetery or that of singer and actress Dalida at Montmartre. 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.

More info An unusual stroll through the Père-Lachaise cemetery

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.

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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,......

Cimetière de Passy

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue du Commandant Schloesing, Paris, 75016

This small Parisian necropolis has an exceptional view of the Seine, the Palais de Chaillot, and the Eiffel Tower. Some of these......

Cimetière de Picpus

Park, garden, promenade
35 rue de Picpus, Paris, 75012

Created in the middle of the torment of the Revolution, the Picpus Cemetery is the only private cemetery in Paris which is still......