Most metropoles like Paris are popular with their bustle and the enormous range of activities but still you need a quiet and peaceful place from time to time. Montmartre Cemetery is one of those places where you can experience nature and culture at the same time. Go for a walk under the leafy shade of its more than 700 trees and refill your batteries.
The Montmartre Cemetery, officially called “Le Cimetière du Nord”, was established in 1825. It extends to a surface of 27 acres and consists of more than 20,000 burial plots. After Père Lachaise Cemetery it is perhaps the most celebrated necropolis in Paris. Many famous people have been laid to rest there, for example French authors Emile Zola and Stendhal, composer Hector Berlioz or Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. The information points at the entrances offer plans which will help you find the tombs of all the celebrities you wish to see. You can download a map of the cemetery in English and Spanish as well as an itinerary to the graves of famous women buried there.
Apart from that, Montmartre Cemetery is known for its beautiful sculptures and the architecture of its tombstones such as the replica of Michelangelo’s Moses on the grave of David Iffla, otherwise known as Osiris.
Want to visit Montmartre Cemetery?
Do you want to spend an afternoon without paying a lot? No problem! Admission to Montmartre Cemetery is free of charge.
During your visit please remain quiet and show some respect to the deceased and their relatives.
Public toilets and drinking fountains are provided but it is not allowed to take dogs into the cemetery.
To get to Montmartre Cemetery you can use public transport. You can either take the metro line no. 2 or 13 and get off at Place de Clichy or the bus lines 30, 54, 74, 80 and 95. The Montmartrobus, which serves a whole bunch of stops within Montmartre, is another way to get to the cemetery.
Address: 20 avenue Rachel – 75018 Paris
You can also go there by car of course. The closest car park is Parking Clichy Montmartre which is accessible 24/7. Online reservation is possible but you can buy tickets on-site as well. Take a look at the website of the corresponding car park for specific information about prices and offers.
|March 16 – November 5
Monday – Friday: 8.00-18.00
|November 6 – March 15
Monday – Friday: 8.00-17.30
Opening hours for Sundays are also valid for public holidays. The last chance to enter the cemetery is 15 minutes before closing. Opening hours can vary in case of exceptional weather circumstances such as ice or storms.
Opening hours – Information Offices:
Monday to Friday: 8.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.00
1 January, Easter, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, 1 May, 8 May, Whitsuntide, Whit Monday, 14 July, 15 August, 1 November, 11 November and 25 December.
For your visit you can download a map for disabled people. The entrance via Avenue Rachel is the easiest way to enter the site. If you have difficulties walking, we would not recommend going to this cemetery due to the paving and slopes.
The Paris City Council offers tours for the deaf and hard of hearing. They are free of charge for concerned ones, if they bring corresponding proof. Group tours are priced at €85,00 during the week, plus a supplementary charge of €25,00 for Sundays, public holidays and tours in foreign languages.
Other famous cemeteries in Paris
1) Cimetière du Monparnasse
Montparnasse Cemetery is the most celebrated cemetery of Paris with many sepulchers of celebrities, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre and André Citroën.
Address: 3 boulevard Edgard Quinet – 75014 Paris
2) Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Opened in 1804, the Père Lachaise Cemetery is a former Jesuit retreat with a surface of 109 acres and countless tombs of famous artists, scientist and writers, for example Frédéric Chopin, Molière, Édith Piaf and Oscar Wilde. Learn more about Père Lachaise Cemetery here.
Address: 16 rue du Repos – 75020 Paris
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