June 10, 2019: From headless statues to eccentric tombs, these Parisian burial grounds are full of stories and legends with more than 7 million annual visitors visiting the necropolis in the world.
“A time to reflect, a time to morn the inevitable.”
–KC’s Unmarked Grave in Paris, date unknown
The grave sites at these cemeteries today range from the simple, unadorned headstones, towering aged monuments, then out of nowhere, you’ll find elaborate mini-chapels dedicated to the memory of a well-known people or families. Visit the standing tombs, shapes like telephone booths, with just enough space to kneel and say a prayer, and leave some flowers.
Check out some of the most beautiful cemeteries in Paris. Take a stroll and explore the history through the winding pathways, visiting some famous graves from Frederic Chopin, Gustave Eiffel, Moliere, Edith Piaf, Théodore Géricault, Rossini, Man Ray, Louis Pasteur, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, Grim Reaper Tomb, and many more.
The top 5 cemeteries in Paris:
1. Cimetière du Père Lachaise, 20th arrondissement
Address: 8 Boulevard de Ménilmontant – 75020
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 25 82 10
Website: Père Lachaise
Metro: Père Lachaise, Philippe Auguste
2. Cimetière du Montparnasse, 14th arrondissement
Address: 3 Boulevard Edgard Quinet 75014
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 10 86 50
Metro: Edgar Quinet, Raspail
3. Cimetière de Montmartre, 18th arrondissement
Address: 20 Avenue Rachel – 75018
Tel. +33 (0) 1 53 42 36 30
4. Cimetière de Passy, 16th arrondissement
Address: 2 Rue du Commandant-Schlœsing – 75016
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 70 40 80
Metro: Place de Clichy
5. Cimetière de Picpus, 12th arrondissement
Address: 35 Rue de Picpus – 75012
Tel: +33 (0) 1 9 60 14 04 23
Metro: Nation or Picpus
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