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Montparnasse Cemetery

Montparnasse Cemetery
Montparnasse Cemetery
Montparnasse Cemetery is located in Paris
Montparnasse Cemetery
Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris
Year established 1824
Location Paris
Country France
Type Non-denominational
Owned by Mairie de Paris
Size 19 hectares (47 acres)
Number of graves 35,000
Website Montparnasse Cemetery
Find a Grave 639007
The central roundabout, with an 1889 bronze statue by Horace Daillion

Montparnasse Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Montparnasse) is a cemetery in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, part of the city's 14th arrondissement.


  • History 1
  • Notes 2
  • Notable interments 3
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  • Location 28
  • External links 29


Created from three farms in 1824, the cemetery at Montparnasse was originally known as Le Cimetière du Sud (Southern Cemetery). Cemeteries had been banned from Paris since the closure, owing to health concerns, of the Cimetière des Innocents in 1786. Several new cemeteries outside the precincts of the capital replaced all the internal Parisian ones in the early 19th century: Montmartre Cemetery in the north, Père Lachaise Cemetery in the east, and Montparnasse Cemetery in the south. At the heart of the city, and today sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, is Passy Cemetery.


Montparnasse Cemetery is the eternal home of many of France's intellectual and artistic elite as well as publishers and others who promoted the works of authors and artists. There are also many graves of foreigners who have made France their home, as well as monuments to police and firefighters killed in the line of duty in the city of Paris.

The cemetery is divided by Rue Émile Richard. The small section is usually referred to as the small cemetery (petit cimetière) and the large section as the big cemetery (grand cimetière).

Although Baudelaire is buried in this cemetery (division 6), there is also a cenotaph to him (between division 26 and 27).

Because of the many notable people buried there, it is a highly popular tourist attraction.

Divisions 5 and 30 were originally Jewish enclosures and contain many Jewish graves.

Notable interments

Among those interred here are:



Charles Baudelaire monument.


Julio Cortázar's grave.


Tomb of Porfirio Diaz








  • Gustave Kahn, (1859-1936), poet and art critic
  • Joseph Kessel (1898–1979), writer
  • Kiki (1901–1953), singer, actress, painter, "Queen of Montparnasse" (although she was probably buried in Thiais)
  • Adamantios Korais (1748–1833), Greek writer and philosopher


Grave of Urbain Le Verrier




Viktor Yushchenko at the grave of Symon Petliura


Grave of François Pouqueville


Grave of Edgar Quinet








  • Ossip Zadkine (1890–1967), Russian-born sculptor & artist
  • Sabine Zlatin (1907–1996), Polish-born humanitarian who hid Jewish children during the Holocaust


The main entrance to the cemetery is on Boulevard Edgar Quinet which leads to the big cemetery. There are smaller entrances to both the big and small cemeteries on Rue Émile Richard (near the junction with both Boulevard Raspail and Boulevard Edgar Quinet).

External links

  • Montparnasse Cemetery (City of Paris official site, English)
  • Map of the Montparnasse cemetery (PDF, 910 ko)
  • Panoramic image of the Montparnasse cemetery
  • A collection of photos of the cemetery's many sculpted monuments
  • A list of many buried at the cemetery
  • Photographs of Montparnasse cemetery
  • Written in Stone – Burial locations of literary figures
  • Information and help in touring Montparnasse cemetery In English
  • Documenting funerary statuary in Paris cemeteries on
  • A Paris 'Garden of Stone'

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