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Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris

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Montparnasse Cemetery houses the remains of existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre; feminist Simone de Beauvoir; musician Serge Gainsbourg; artist Man Ray; the writers Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Sainte-Beuve, and Marguerite Duras; absurdist dramatists Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco; sculptors Constantin Brancusi and Ossip Zadkine; composers Camille de Saint-Saens and César Franck; actresses Maria Montez and Jean Seberg; French officer Alfred Dreyfus; encyclopedist Pierre Larousse; constructor André Citroen; and many others. Using our custom trip planner, Paris attractions like Montparnasse Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This was a planned visit, I love cemeteries and try to visit as many as I can. This one is beautiful - nice long walk, many truly works of art - I adore seeing the unusual gravestones. In places like ...  more »
  • We took a side-trip through this cemetery on our self-guided tour of the 14th Arr. It was interesting to catch a glimpse at long history of the city. The cemetery is filled with some really interestin...  more »
  • Interesting tour of this place of strangers and public figures. There are between other Simone Veil, before its entry into the Pantheon, Serge Gainsbourg... Simple and others graves very majestic
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  • This is a beautiful cemetery in the city centre, split in two by a city road! Although nearly 200 years old, it is very well maintained. I paid my respects to the resting place of author Guy De Maupassant, whose stories I enjoyed during my school days. You can spend a few hours walking through the serene lanes here and find some solace.
  • Peaceful, quiet, interesting, free... Especially after the waste of money and time at the catacombs.
  • Beautiful cemetery to walk through and see the history of Paris and all the different people and cultures which make up the history of this great city.
  • Loved seeing Alekhine plot. Maybe a bit much for some but nice to see more than just a name. Nice and quiet. It is quite full. Man rays wife quote of unconcerned but not indifferent was nice too. Free map cards for loan available at main entrance. Staff helpful. Showed me plots. Not their job I'd suspect.
  • Particular atmosphere, you can find the resting place of many great people, like Baudelaire, Sartre, Beckett

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