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Saint-Vincent Cemetery - Butte Montmartre

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The tiny Saint-Vincent Cemetery

Saint-Vincent Cemetery was opened on January 5, 1831 and is the smallest (0.59-hectare) of Montmartre three cemeteries.

The Cimetière de Montmartre is located on the western side of Montmartre and the Petit Cimetière du Calvaire flanks Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre Church near the Sacré-Coeur basilica.

The tiny cemetery has 'only' 900 graves.

Who is buried in Saint-Vincent Cemetery?

Among these, you'll find those of artists who once lived and worked in Montmartre.

You might have heard of Léontine Aubart.

Her stage name was Ninette; she was a nightclub artist and sang at Le Lapin Agile cabaret.

She was the mistress of the millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, but also one of the survivors of the Titanic!

As you stroll among the graves, you’ll read the names of many influential painters of the 19th and 20th century.

Among those are Eugène Boudin, Jules Chéret, Luigi Chialiva, Gen Paul, Eugène Guignard, Ludovic-Rodo (the son of Camille Pissaro) but also Maurice Utrillo to name a few.

Utrillo’s grave is by the eastern wall that flanks Rue des Saules.

From that spot you clearly see the roof of the Lapin Agile that peaks above the wall.

Utrillo lived in La Maison Rose, Rue de l'Abreuvoir, which has since been converted into a café.

You'll also discover the family vault of the Debray, the millers who started to run the windmills of the Abbey of Montmartre during the 14th century.

The Debray bought the mills after the French Revolution and converted one into a dance hall that became known as Moulin de la Galette.

They own another family vault in Le Petit Cimetière du Calvaire, the cemetery of Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre, the church of the former abbey of Montmartre.

Closer to us in time, the film director Marcel Carné and the composer Arthur Honegger also chose Saint-Vincent Cemetery as their resting place.

So did the author Marcel Aymé, who spent all his life in the nearby Rue Norvins.

He was famous for his novel Le Passe-Muraille, which has since been immortalised with a man-size statue placed in front of his former house.

If you are familiar with French artists, you might also recognise the names of the entertainer Gabriello and his daughter Suzanne...

Saint-Vincent Cemetery is small, but is definitively worth the detour.

Opening hours:
16 March - 5 Nov: Mon to Sat  8.30am - 6pm - Sun and PH 9am - 6pm
6 Nov - 15 March: Mon to Sat 8am - 5.30pm - Sun and PH 9am - 5.30pm

Directions: 18th District - 6 Rue Lucien Gaulard
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt or RAPT Bus 80
Coordinates: Lat 48.889388 - Long 2.338987

Discover more on Montmartre

Montmartre Village Place du Tertre - Petit Cimetiere du Calvaire - Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre Church - Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre Church - Sacre-Coeur Basilica - Montmartre Abbey Sanctum Martyrium Crypt - Montmartre Cemetery - Le Passe-Muraille sculpture - Le Mur des Je t'Aime - Abbesses Art Nouveau Metro station - Moulin Rouge - Bateau Lavoir - Montmartre grape harvest festival

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