The Cemetery of Montparnasse (Paris, France)

The actual space of the cemetery was formerly used as a huge stone heap, hence its quite ironical name of “Mount-Parnassus”.

From these days remains a mill, at the heart of the cemetery, which had no mortuary use. Officially opened in 1824, the graveyard is said to be now the second park of the city. Here, the ground is as flat as the framework is consistent. 

Like the other main cemeteries of the city, the South’s one could be considered as a real garden-museum for the 19th century monuments (such as the graves of the Pigeon couple, of Champion, the scientist) and home to numerous historic personalities (from Aloysius Bertrand and Saint-Saëns or Huysmans)

But the graveyard also offers an exceptional concentration of artwork realisations, and celebrities of the 20th Century. Here lie the Surrealist authors (Desnos, for instance), the exile writers (Ionesco, Cioran, Beckett), and other famous artists (from Brassaï to Gainsbourg). Concerning the monuments, let’s just say that Brancusi has realized a copy of his Baiser, and Niki de Saint-Phalle has raised two statues. At last, the tomb of Henri Langlois is a real rundown of the cinemagoer culture. 

Thus, the cemetery of Montparnasse owns a double identity, both traditional and avant-gardist.

The Cemetery of Montparnasse
3, boulevard Edgard-Quinet
75014 Paris

Website: Cemeteries of Paris

Tel. 00 33144108650
Tel/Fax: 00 33144108686

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The Cemetery of Montparnasse (Paris, France)