2 rue Mont-Cenis
METRO: Abbesses or Lamarck, LINE 12
PHONE: +33 1 53 42 36 30
hours: Open 1 November, All-Saint's Day and Heritage Days (3rd weekend in September)
Opened in 1688, the tiny Calvaire is not only the oldest cemetery in Paris but undoubtedly the smallest as well. It’s 600 square meters holds some 85 graves. The cemetery was officially closed in 1831 when it was replaced by Saint-Vincent Cemetery.
The heart of Louis-Antoine comte de Bougainville, admiral, explorer and botanist and the man who brought bougainvillea to Europe is interred here with his family; his body is in the Pantheon.
Created in 1980 by Italian sculptor Tommaso Gismondi, the superb bronze door that opens into the cemetery can be seen any time of year.
Make your way to the Butte Montmartre — from Sacre Coeur walk around Rue Azais to Rue du Mont Cenis and the cemetery and church Saint-Pierre is on your right. Or from Place du Tertre take Rue Norvins to Rue Mont Cenis, turn right and the cemetery is on your left.
One entrance on the north side of the small square in front of the ancient church of Saint-Pierre.