The Montmartre Cemetery has also been called by some, the cemetery of the artists. It has become quite the tourist spot, and if you have visited you will understand why. To wander through the 11 hectares of peacefulness and serenity one would never imagine it was used as mass burial grounds during the French Revolution. The Montmartre Cemetery was established in 1825, and since then has become one of the most famous cemeteries in Paris, France.
Montmartre Cemetery Opening Hours:
- From November 6-March 15:
- Mon-Fri: 8am-5:30pm, Sat: 8:30am-5:30pm, Sun and holidays: 9am-5:30pm
- From March 16-November 5:
- Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 8:30am-6pm, Sun and holidays: 9am-6pm
Facilities: Toilets, Conservation centre (get a free map here, or download one now)
Entrance Fee: Free
Duration: allocate at least 1 hour to wander around the tombs
Location: Montmartre, 18th arrondissement
Metro: Blanche or Place de Clichy
Buses: 95, 80, 74, 54 or 30
Address: 20 avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris
Tel.: +33(0)1 53 42 36 30
Location Map: scroll to bottom of page
- Picnics and alcohol are forbidden.
- No vehicle access for visitors.
- Animals are not admitted except guide dogs.
- Children must not be unaccompanied.
Not only is Montmartre Cemetery a favorite of tourists wanting to see it, many famous people have also found it popular for their final resting grounds. Let's take a look at some of the famous people buried at the Montmartre Cemetery; it's like a who's who of the artist world.
This is just a small list of the famous people that are buried at the Montmartre Cemetery. I am quite sure over the years there will be many more. The Montmartre Cemetery is a huge place that will take forever to walk around. It is suggested that you stop at the guard post or conservation centre to get a map - or download and print your Montmartre Cemetery Map here - which highlights the areas of interest. This is a good thing to follow as there are certain places inside the cemetery that you wouldn't want to miss. Yet truly just walking around the Montmartre Cemetery is completely picturesque, from the over 750 trees to the amazing stone art. It's almost like some of these artists are still at work even in their rest.
Regardless of the time of year that you visit, Montmartre Cemetery is a beautiful place to see. It's also important to keep in mind that it is an active cemetery, so it is a busy place. There are numerous paths and roadways to wander on that will take you through Montmartre Cemetery and your guided map will list the certain points of interest along the way. Making it a bit easier to get your bearings is the fact that there is only one entrance. Montmartre Cemetery almost looks sunken, as it is below street level. There are numerous hills and steps inside the cemetery, which can make navigating a bit difficult, yet adventurous. Montmartre Cemetery is open 7 days a week and the hours are regulated by the city of Paris.
If you are lucky enough to visit Paris, France, then it is strongly suggested to take some time to visit the Montmartre Cemetery. To walk around it you will find it breathtakingly beautiful, and yet very peaceful and serene at the same time and many of the tombs are quite stunning and moving. It is quite the popular tourist destination, so depending on the time of year can be quite busy. It is also suggested to wear hiking shoes and to bring your camera: it's a large cemetery, so a lot of walking is involved. The scenery is amazing and a great thing to capture with your camera, as words don't do the Montmartre Cemetery justice.
The tomb of the famous ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky
The moving "Douleur" tomb of Robert Disbury who died in 1910 at the age of 20.
Created by his grieving mother and apparently a self portrait of her.
Picturesque tombs in the cemetery.
The remains of Emile Zola were removed in 1908
but the family tomb remains at Montmartre Cemetery.