The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Cimetière du Montmartre, and Cimetière de Montparnasse in Paris

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Cimetière du Père-Lachaise - Paris's greatest cemetery is more like rolling, wooded parkland in which there just happen to be thousands of stone monuments—and dead people. Most famous to tourists may be that of Doors singer Jim Morrison, but Père-Lachaise is the last resting place for dozens of cultural giants. The short list: Chopin, Bizet, Edith Piaf, Proust, Molière, Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Ingres, Modigliani, Isadora Duncan, Colette, Sarah Berhardt, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas... 16, rue du Repos (20eme); tel. +33-(0)1-71-28-50-82, www.pere-lachaise.com; Métro: Père Lachaise Full story

Montmartre Cemetery, ParisCimetière de Montmartre - Degas, Offenbach, Truffaut, Dumas, Stendhal, Emile Zola, Gustav Moreau, Heinrich Heine, Delibes, and Berlioz all rest in peace at the Montmartre cemetery, spreading over 11 hectares and opened in 1825 on the site of a potter's field where were buried the bodies killed on both sides of the August 10, 1792, Tuileries Gardens riots that led to the end of the French monarchy... 20, avenue Rachel (18eme); tel. +33-(0)1-53-42-36-30; Métro: Place de Clichy. Full story

Brancusi's The Kiss in Montparnasse Cemetery, ParisCimetière du Montparnasse - Literary fans take note: Here lie Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Samuel Beckett, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir (buried together), as well as composer Saint-Saëns and car manufacturer Andre Citroën. For Brancusi fans: Adorning one tomb is one of the sculptor's first full-body renditions of Le Baiser (The Kiss)... 3, bd Edgar Quinet (14eme), Métro: Raspall. Full story

Catacombs of Paris - Underneath place Denfert-Rochereau in Montparnasse stretch several kilometers of tunnels that are stacked with the bones and skulls of some six million dead Parisians. Some of the bones used as mosaics in decorative motifs, other simply form grisly walls flanking the corridors... 1, avenue of Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (14eme), Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. » more

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