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Famous Cemeteries in Paris

Famous Cemeteries in Paris

With Paris' long history and long list of renowned residents, it's no surprise that cemeteries are among its top attractions. Here are four where you can take a quiet walk, see the tomb of your favorite writer, or even explore a maze of bones.

Paris Catacombs (Les Catacombes)

In a labyrinth of tunnels 135 feet (20 meters) underground, the Paris Catacombs are home to the remains of millions of Parisians, transferred here from cemeteries around the city starting in the late 1700s.

**How to Visit:**Set in the 14th arrondissement, the Catacombs aren’t far from Montparnasse Cemetery, making it easy to visit both. Visitors are limited to 200 at a time at the Catacombs and the line can get long, so book a skip-the-line tour to avoid the queue.

Père-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Pere-Lachaise)

The largest cemetery in Paris, Père-Lachaise is a major destination due to its ornamental tombs and famous "inhabitants," such as Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Marcel Proust. It's also known for its garden-style design, making it a popular place for a peaceful stroll.

**How to Visit:**Père-Lachaise is in the 20th arrondissement, near the city's eastern edge. You can explore on your own, but at 110 acres (44 hectares) and with more than 70,000 plots, the cemetery can be hard to navigate. By booking a walking tour—either private or small-group—you'll gain insight from a guide about the history and tombs.

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetière Montparnasse)

Dating back to 1824, Montparnasse Cemetery is the second-largest grave site in Paris at 47 acres (19 hectares). It's known as the eternal home of musical and literary figures such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Charles Baudelaire.

**How to Visit:**In the 14th arrondissement, the cemetery is located just southeast of Montparnasse Tower, making it easy to visit when you're in this neighborhood. From the Metro, get off at the Raspail station. You may enter and wander at your leisure, or book a private Paris sightseeing tour with the option to customize your itinerary. This gives you the opportunity to explore the cemetery with a knowledgeable guide.

Montmartre Cemetery (Cimetière de Montmartre)

Paris' third-largest cemetery opened in 1825 in the hilly, bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre. Its notable burials include Edgar Degas, Emile Zola (his original burial), and Gustave Moreau.

**How to Visit:**Head to the 18th arrondissement to explore the cemetery's 27 acres (11 hectares) on your own, or book a Montmartre walking tour to combine a stop at the cemetery with the rest of the neighborhood's historical sights, seeing it all with a guide who can provide insight and tips.

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Paris Catacombs Skip The Line Walking Guided Tour

Paris Catacombs Skip The Line Walking Guided Tour

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Dig deep into history with an underground Paris Catacombs tour. Learn why the bones of more than six million people were deposited under the city in a complex maze of tunnels that you definitely need a guide to navigate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas

Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas

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Discover the darker side of the City of Lights with this skip-the-line tour of the famed catacombs of Paris. Explore these fascinating underground passageways lined with the bones of thousands of former Parisians and learn the history of the mesmerizing and macabre labyrinth. Bypass the long lines for this popular attraction and enjoy personalized attention in a small group limited to 19 people.
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  • 2 hours
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Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Walking Tour in Paris

Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Walking Tour in Paris

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Delve into Paris’s bohemian history on this Montmartre walking tour! Stroll down cobblestone streets past the Moulin Rouge and other former haunts of famous artists and writers while your guide shares local lore. See where Vincent van Gogh once lived, and visit the final resting place of Edgar Degas and other artists at the Montmartre Cemetery. For an inspiring finale, take in some of the best views in Paris from the steps of the magnificent Sacré Coeur Basilica.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Paris' Pere Lachaise Gravestone Walking Tour

Paris' Pere Lachaise Gravestone Walking Tour

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Experience Paris’ of eras past on this walking tour of the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery. A knowledgable local guide will lead you through a maze of haunting yet romantic headstones and tombs including those of Jim Morrison, Balzac and Oscar Wilde – bedecked in vibrant kisses from hundreds of admirers. Learn about some of Paris’ most famous figures and iconic stories on this small-group excursion.
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  • 2 hours
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Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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On this 2.5-hour private tour, walk around the famous Père Lachaise, a cemetery in a park-like setting, and see the resting places of many celebrities. Stroll along tranquil pathways and stop by the headstones for Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jean Paul Sartre and others. Learn from your personalized guide about the writers, politicians and other remarkable personalities who lay buried within the beautiful stone walls, as well as the history that took place at the cemetery itself. This private tour accommodating up to 10 people is available in the morning and afternoon.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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