The Montparnasse cemetery is located in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, which is part of the 14th arrondissement. It is situated virtually in the shadow of the Tour Montparnasse, the tallest building in Paris. The area of the cemetery was formerly occupied by three farms, which were closed in 1824 and a cemetery was opened under the name of Le Cimetière du Sud in their place. It was designed by Napoléon I.
In the cemetery you can find many graves of renowned artists and intellectuals, such as: the Irish writer Samuel Beckett, the designer of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the singer Serge Gainsbourg, the French mathematician Henri Poincaré, the French Existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre and the great French crooner and chanteur Jean Sablon. It also houses monuments dedicated to the police members and firefighters killed on duty, serving the people of Paris.
The cemetery is located between the rue de la Gaité and boulevard Raspail and can be entered from boulevard Edgar Quinet.
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