Explore the fourteen Cemeteries of Paris

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There are fourteen cemeteries within the limits of the City of Paris, some of them are world famous and historic graveyards such as Père-Lachaise. The cemeteries of Paris were built outside the limits of Paris in the 19th century. They make a great excursion particularly in Autumn!

 


The fourteen municipal cemeteries of Paris are spread out in the French capital from the West to the East.

Here are the cemeteries listed by their areas (hectares):

In addition, there are more tombs and necropolis in Paris:

There were 52 parish graveyards in Paris before the French Revolution.

One of the largest was the cemetery of the Innocents, located near today’s Les Halles. For 800 years, this was the biggest cemetery in town but also the filthiest. Authorities had the Innocents cemetery shut down in 1780. They transferred millions of skeletons in the Catacombs.


Photos of the cemeteries of Paris

Here below I listed Paris’ most famous cemeteries. You’ll get some links to other articles and photos. Let’s start with Père Lachaise, arguably the most visited of the cemeteries of Paris!


Cimetière du Père Lachaise

The Père Lachaise cemetery is the burial place of Jean de la Fontaine, Molière, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and Yves Montand.

Père Lachaise, Paris © French Moments

The Père Lachaise cemetery in Autumn © French Moments

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Cimetière du Montparnasse

The Montparnasse cemetery is the burial place of Charles Garnier, Charles Baudelaire, Auguste Bartholdi, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Serge Gainsbourg. Former French president Jacques Chirac was interred there in October 2019.

Montparnasse Cemetery

Montparnasse Cemetery © French Moments

The cemetery is a haven of peace in the busy district of Montparnasse.


Cimetière de Montmartre

The Montmartre cemetery is the burial place of Hector Berlioz, Marie-Antoine Carême, Dalida, Edgar Degas, Georges Feydeau, Sacha Guitry, Stendhal, and Émile Zola.

Montmartre Cemetery Paris

Montmartre Cemetery, Paris © French Moments

The cemetery is a vast green area not far from the touristy village of Montmartre.


Cimetière de Passy

The Passy cemetery is the burial place of of Claude Debussy, Fernandel, and Édouard Manet.

Passy Cemetery Paris © French Moments

Passy cemetery, Paris © French Moments

I love visiting this cemetery in Autumn as it provides beautiful and unusual views of the Eiffel Tower.


Cimetière de Charonne

The small Charonne cemetery is one of the last Parisian cemeteries to flank a church.

Charonne Paris © French Moments

The cemetery flanking the church of Charonne, Paris © French Moments


Cimetière du Calvaire

Like the Charonne cemetery, the Calvary Cemetery in Montmartre flanks an old church. It is quite difficult to access it as it is often closed to the public. Nevertheless you can have a great view of it from the dome of the Sacré-Cœur.

Saint-Pierre de Montmartre 03 © French Moments

The cemetery of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre © French Moments


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

3 Comments

  1. Barbara Blizzard on

    This past May we visited Picpus Cemetery near Place de la Nation to see Lafayette’s grave. Fascinating history lesson there about your revolution plus his grave is special for Americans since he was instrumental in our victory during the American Revolution.

    • Thank you for your comment! You’re right, the Picpus cemetery is a historical place in Paris linked to the American history. I have yet to visit it… as this place is not often opened to the public! 🙂

      • Dear Pierre,

        Thank you so much for interesting information. I have been in Cimetière du Père Lachaise in 2007 November 2 d., a day before my birthday. I spent about 3 hour and even communicated with Madame who used her native speech, e.g. French. At that time it was difficulty for me, because I knew only a few words. Now I am 5 year student, so it would be necessary to return back to Paris and make acquaintance with your suggested places.

        Sincerely
        Grazina

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