Modern cemeteries of Paris

Going to this or that place, travelers pursue definite purposes. Thus one person can go for visiting museums, and it will be much more interesting to another to spend time at a theatre or a cabaret…

People go to Paris with various purposes. Someone to see the Louvre and Pompidou’s Center, someone – to take a walk on quays of the Seine…

But there are also those who go to Paris to visit cemeteries about which we will tell in our article.

Modern Parisian cemeteries are situated on the place of the city cemeteries of the beginning of the nineteenth century; therefore the oldest tombs are dated this time.

In the centre of Paris there is Cimetière de Passy, and others three – Cimetière de Montmartre, Cimetière du Montparnasse and Père Lachaise settle down in northern, southern and eastern parts of the city accordingly. Annually about ten thousand foreign tourists – judges of silence of local avenues- visit them.

One of the greatest cemeteries of Paris is Père Lachaise. Among those interred here are: Molière and Honoré de Balzac, Édith Piaf and Sarah Bernhardt, Amedeo Modigliani and Jean de La Fontaine, Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust and many other known people. The most visited on a cemetery is the tomb of the founder of legendary American rock group The Doors – Jim Morrison who has become the symbol of the whole generation of people in the different countries of the world. Daily near his memorial it is possible to see groups of tourists and sets of flowers.


Cimetière de Montmartre is the cemetery which is situated in the northern part of the city; it has been opened in the end of the first quarter of the nineteenth century on a place of an old mine on extraction of plaster. Since then there has appeared more than twenty thousand tombs on a cemetery. The most well-known people buried here are André-Marie Ampère, René Waldeck-Rousseau, Lili Boulanger, Hector Berlioz, Horace Vernet, Jean-Claude Briali and Victor Brauner.

On the southern cemetery Cimetière du Montparnasse, established in 1824, the great Russian chess player world champion Alexander Alekhin, the former head of the government of Iran Shapour Bakhtiar, the French poet and playwright Théodore de Banville and other well-known persons are buried here.

In the suburbs of the French capital cimetière communal de Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois founded by natives of Russia settles down. Here the last shelter was found by many representatives of Russian emigration in Paris.

We will acquaint you with the Parisian cemeteries in more details, their history and well-known “lodgers” later in our new materials.