An artistic stroll: discovering artists at Paris Montparnasse cemetery

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Welcome to our guided tour of Montparnasse Cemetery, a place steeped in history and emotion where great artists rest in peace. Join us for a captivating exploration of this sanctuary of creativity and memory

  • Location : Paris
  • Duration : 2h
  • Access by Public Transport : Metro line 6, stop Edgar Quinet, or metro line 4 or 6, stop Raspail.
  • Language : English

An artistic stroll: discovering artists at Paris Montparnasse cemetery
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Along the shady avenues of this emblematic cemetery, we'll discover the graves of artistic figures who have left their mark on the world of art, literature, music and much more.

Your guide will take you on a beautiful walk through this large, luminous cemetery, with its avenues planted with remarkable species of trees, home to many of the parisian Left Bank's intellectuals and artists: Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Juliette Greco...

With your guide, take a look at the sculptures and bas-reliefs in this cemetery, which is less well known than Père-Lachaise cemetery: cherubs, faithful dogs, veiled mourners, wreaths of roses... all testimonies to the despair, love or serenity expressed by the living.

Each gravestone tells a unique story, testifying to the life, work and legacy of these unforgettable artists. We'll delve into the fascinating stories of their lives, exploring the inspirations that fuelled their creativity and the challenges they faced along the way.

This visit gives us the opportunity to reflect on the lasting impact of these artists on our contemporary world. Their contributions to literature, visual art, music and theatre continue to influence and inspire entire generations, shaping our understanding of the human condition and artistic expression.

Join us for an enriching and moving experience at Montparnasse Cemetery, where the beauty of art meets eternal tranquillity, and where we pay tribute to those who have enriched our lives with their creative genius.

Véronique Thierry, your guide, is graduate in Art History and Archaeology (Université Lille III), graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Techniques et Historiques des Objets d'Art (IDETH/EAC), lecturer for the City of Paris for 25 years, and founder of Intermezzo-visites (2009).

If you like strolling through the quiet cemeteries of the French capital, you'll love this tour on Explore Paris, or these walking tours if you're interested in French art and culture.


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