introduction

There are 19 cemeteries within the 20 arrondissements or wards of Paris, but only 14 of those are operated by the city of Paris: Auteuil, Batignolles, Belleville, Bercy, Calvaire (no longer active), Charonne, Grenelle, La Villette, Montmartre, Montparnasse, Passy, Père-Lachaise, Saint-Vincent, Vaugirard.

Of the other five, Gentilly, Montrouge, Valmy and Saint-Mande are managed by local governments and Picpus in the 12th arr. is private. 

The city also manages six cemeteries beyond the limits of the peripherique, the beltway that rings the city: Bagneux, La Chapelle, Saint-Ouen, Pantin, d’Ivry, and Thiais.

This website focus is only on those 19 burial sites within the 20 arrondissements.

There are a variety of “nontraditional” burial sites in the city, including the Panthéon, Invalides, Catacombs, the Arc de Triomphe and the Jardin des Plantes. 

Naturally there are a number of notable burials in city churches. Sadly, many of the burials and funereal monuments in churches were destroyed during the 1789 Revolution, especially in the basilica of Saint-Denis. The good news is that some were saved by the selfless work of Alexandre Lenoir and many have ended up in Louvre while quite a few of the incredible sculptures in Saint-Denis remain in place.