"Cimetière de Montmartre" Cimetière de Montmartre Tip by goodfish
Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris: 18 reviews and 63 photos
Parisian "Cities of the Dead" are haunting, fascinating, traffic-free places for a ramble and a bonanza for photographers. Between huge, ornate mausoleums for the rich and/or famous to crumbling, forgotten crypts overgrown with vines, they are poignant studies of architecture, art and history. And they are free!
Near to the the Sacre-Coeur is one of four cemeteries created on the outer fridges of Paris when burial grounds within the core of the city were abolished in 1786. Those unfortunate pieces of real estate had filled to overflowing and become, frankly, odiferous hazards to the health of their still-breathing neighbors. Situated below and to the west of the church, Cimetière de Montmartre settles into the depression of a former quarry that served as a sad mass grave for some of the thousands killed during the Revolution and Paris Commune.
I brought The Husband, who is a saxophonist in his spare time, here to see the resting place of Adolphe Sax - inventor of that horn. My must-sees were the tombs of composer Hector Berlioz, painters Edgar Degas and Gustave Moreau, novelist Alexandre Dumas Jr., and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, among others. Émile Zola was once interred here as well but although his monument remains, the rest of him was moved to more impressive quarters in the Panthéon.
You can pick up a free map at the entrance on Avenue Rachel or download and print it here:
There is also a public restroom at the entrance.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-6: Sat 8:30-6; Sun 9-6
From Nov - mid March: closing times are at 5:30 all days
Address: 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris
Directions: Off Rue Caulaincourt.
Phone: +33 1 53 42 36 30
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