The treasures of the Montparnasse Cemetery

The treasures of the Montparnasse Cemetery are revealed.

Exploring Paris’s cemeteries–(Montmartre,  Montparnasse,  Passy,  Père Lachaise, and  Picpus)–can be a rewarding task. Artists, statesmen, and industrialists abound in these cities of the dead. Additionally, memorials, historical relics, and works of art make such trips all the more fascinating. With enough time, Paris’ cemeteries will reveal their treasures to any visitors. Given that most visitors are on a strict schedule, a cemetery map will save valuable time when  conducting a tour of the cemetery’s highlights. However, most maps only point to the general area in which the tomb is located. This leads to aimless wandering and frustration which can be minimized with prior knowledge of a tomb’s design. Therefore, I hope that these articles will serve as a useful tool for visitors to Paris’ cemeteries as well as  a guide to those interested in learning more about some of the most famous and interesting sites in Paris.

Cimetière de Montparnasse was established in 1824, and is located at 3, Boulevard Edouard Quinet. There are more than 300,000 people buried in over 35,000 tombs. It is still an active cemetery with more than 1,000 new burials every year.

The cemetery’s architecture and monuments:

The entrance to the cemetery:

The winged hourglass is a motif that appears at many of Paris’ cemeteries:

A statue on the cemetery’s roundabout:

The cenotaph of Charles Baudelaire:

Memorial to Parisian police officers killed in the line of duty:

Memorial to the Parisian Republican  Guard:

Memorial to Parisian firefighters who fell in the line of duty:

Memorial to  soldiers  who died in the line of duty:

Remnant of a windmill:

Memorial to the Defenders of Paris:

Montparnasse’s famous residents:

Jean-Paul Sartre and  Simone de Beauvoir, authors and  philosophers:

The poet,  Charles Baudelaire:

The playwright,  Eugène Ionesco:

Serge Gainsbourg, poet and singer:

Samuel Beckett, author, playwright, and poet:

Guy de Maupassant, author:

André Citroà  «n, founder of the  eponymous  car factory:

Alfred Dreyfus, the scapegoat in the Dreyfus affair:

Pierre Larousse,  author of encyclopedia Larousse Gastronomique:

Constantin Brâncuà…Ÿi, sculptor:

César Baldaccini, sculptor:

Frédéric Bartholdi, sculptor:

Charles Pigeon,  engineer, inventor and manufacturer:

Urbain Le Verrier, the astronomer and mathematician who discovered Neptune:

The Kiss, by Brancusi, sits atop the tomb of  Tania Rachevskaia, a Russian anarchist who committed suicide for love in 1908:

Tombs with interesting art and designs:

Views of the cemetery:

 Cemetery, left bank, montparnasse

5 Responses
  1. Louis Sisbarro Reply

    MY travels to Paris led me to the Montparnasse Cemetery. The day was sunny and my sprites high.
    I traveled the the cobble stone street in with the silence of myself. I have never experience the feeling
    of connection I had with Montparnasse and it’s occupants. I stumbled on the the grave of I believe the
    nephew of Napolian who had been shot at a young age.
    The sculpture that graced his grave was of himself lying as he fell his walking stick and hat at his side.
    A frozen in time moment of sadness. Ever since my excursion that day his sculpture lies in my mind, a fix picture
    There was a strange magic to that day, not solemn nor joyful yet perpetual in my minds eye.
    Montparnasse has a quite and magical presents. It left me in the sprite of wanting to take to the chosen decease and ask the question that were conjured up in my visit.
    Lou Sisbarro

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