14th arr., 3 bvd Edgar-Quinet
Here, too, as you stroll along the cemetery‘s rectilinear walkways, you’ll come across some of the most illustrious names in French literature, art, history and science. Montparnasse‘s 36 acres of graves include those of Huysmans, François Coppée (next to eighteenth-century Charité Mill), Théodore de Banville, Sainte-Beuve, Leconte de Lisle, Léon-Paul Fargue, Guy de Maupassant and Charles Baudelaire. Is it by chance that Vincent d’Ingry’s grave is right next to Saint-Saëns. Or that Alfred Dreyfu’s tomb is next to his attorney’s. Fortuitous or not, the names go on and on, with Soutine, Fantin Latour, Othon Friesz, César Franck, Emmanuel Charbrier, Rude, Houdon, Bourdelle, Sartre. Many of the monuments are picturesque, like the tall white stone with a bare-shouldered young girl attempting to draw a rose (a student’s tribute to their teacher), or the extravagant mausoleum depicting Mme Pigeon who, armed with her husband’s lamp, is trying to brighten up the universe.

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20th arr., 16 rue du Repos
You may find it exhausting to visit this gigantic cemetery filled with celebrities. To many tourists, Père-Lachaise has become a funerary museum for the arts. Yet once you’ve satisfied your curiosity by visiting Oscar Wilde’s tomb, you may find it interesting to know that from the top of the hill, a few feet away from the Federated Wall, the young Louis XIV watched the battle waged between Turenne and Condé.

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