Paris’ cemeteries are among the most beautiful ‘artistic cemeteries’. Most of the 14 inner cemeteries opened in the 19th century (after a great move to the ‘Catacombs‘ of the remains from old parish cemeteries), when the bourgeoisie wanted to show off even after death with an exuberance of funerary sculptures.
Besides the very famous Père Lachaise (the biggest green space of Paris, 44 hectares, located in the East), you can visit the Montmartre cemetery, located about 150 metres West of the famous Moulin Rouge, a major landmark of Montmartre.
4 times smaller than the Père Lachaise, this North cemetery offers extraordinary funerary sculptures and architecture, but also beautiful landscapes, thanks to its location on an uneven ground.
Many of the famous people buried here are linked with the bustling history of Montmartre (like La Goulue, a famous can-can dancer painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, or Francisque Poulbot, a painter who lived on the Butte and liked to paint the kids, now called ‘poulbots’), hence the many artistic personalities.
Cinema enthusiasts might want to see the tombs of Clouzot, Truffaut, Rivette or Jeanne Moreau (recently buried), but it is the field of music which is represented the best: Berlioz, Offenbach, Halévy (19th century composers), Sax (Belgian inventor of the saxophone), and more recent singers Michel Berger, Fred Chichin (from Rita Mitsouko band), and Dalida (the most flowered tomb of the cemetery, considering her popularity in France). German poet Heinrich Heine is among the rare famous non-French buried here.
A free map can be borrowed near the entrance.