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Last Updated: 30 January 2022

The 20th arrondissement is a cosmopolitan district of Paris located on the right bank and includes the world’s most visited cemetery, the cimetière du Père Lachaise.

A few words about the 20th arrondissement

20th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
20th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

The Twentieth arrondissement of Paris (le vingtième arrondissement) is situated on the right bank of River Seine on the north western part of Paris. The arrondissement has a population of 198,042 (2011 census) and covers an area of 5.98 km2.

20th arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
20th arrondissement of Paris © French Moments

The 20th arrondissement includes the cosmopolitan neighbourhoods of Ménilmontant, Belleville and Charonne, as weel as the world’s most visited cemetery: Père Lachaise which contains the tombs of many celebrities (such as Frédéric Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Camille Pissarro, Jacques-Louis David, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison).

Main places of interest in the 20th arrondissement

Pere Lachaise Cemetery © French Moments
Notre-Dame cathedral from Pere Lachaise Cemetery © French Moments

The 20th arrondissement features some of Paris’ major monuments and sites:

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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. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, 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. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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