2nd largest cemetery in Paris containing approximately 40,000 graves.
Contains the graves of many French and foreign celebrities and artists of the 19th century, early 20th century and the inter war in addition to graves of many politicians, publishers, people of the medical world or patrons of industry. However, most graves, are those of generations of anonymous Parisians!
Contains a wealth of funeral art objects and adornments.
“Pink Pioneer” - Jaqueline de Romilly (Div10) – first woman member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in 1975. She would later become the president in 1987 and a internationally acclaimed author.
It is planted with over 750 trees and bushes and is one of the greenest spaces in Paris. This is to help make the cemetery more like a garden and welcoming for the guest who come to visit.
This cemetery unlike others has only one entry and exit point making it inevitable that most guests will walk the entire cemetery on their visits.
Graves are unique to the deceased encompassing artwork and other unique features. Graves also vary in being overflown with flowers to not having any at all. One can only assume that the graves that remain bare no longer have family that are able to visit.