Montmartre Cemetery

History of Montmartre cemetery

Montmartre cemetery (Cimetière de Montmartre) is a beautiful old cemetery located in the 18th  arrondissement of Paris. The cemetery is built below street level on the place of an old quarry which was used for a mass grave during the French Revolution. The cemetery opened its gates in 1825 and it was initially named Cimetière des Grandes Carrières (the cemetery of the large quarries). Later it was renamed to Cimetière de la Barrière Blanche (the cemetery of the white barrier). Nowadays the place is known as Montmartre Cemetery and it is still an active one. It is the final resting place of many famous people: Gustave Moreau, Edgar Degas, Heinrich Heine, Hector Berlioz, Adolphe Sax and Émile Zola’s family (his remains were moved to the Pantheon).

Tips for visiting Montmartre cemetery

Get a map of the cemetery, so you can easily find your way through the graves.
Except the stunning sculptures in the cemetery you can find also a lot of cats roaming around the graves.

Useful information
Address: 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris
Access: Metro station Blanche – line 2
Opening hours:
From November to March:
From Monday to Friday: 08:00 AM – 05:30 PM
Saturday: 08:30 AM – 05:30 PM
Sunday and holidays: 09:00 AM – 05:30 PM
From April to October:
From Monday to Friday: 08:00 AM – 06:30 PM
Saturday: 08:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Sunday and holidays: 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Admission: Free


Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac

Émile Zola

Montmartre cemetery (Cimetière de Montmartre)

the cemetery

Cimetière de Montmartre


Montmartre cemetery (Cimetière de Montmartre)

white tomb

the cemetery


cat in the cemetery


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