Montparnasse is located on the left bank of Seine, between boulevard Raspail and rue de Rennes, lying along the latter and the boulevard bearing its name. Included in the 14th and in the 6th Parisian arrondissement in 1669, it is one of Paris’s greatest attractions.

Named after the Mount Parnassus, from the Greek mythology, the region developed from a 17th century hilly neighborhood where students gathered to recite poetry. One century later, the place of the hill, leveled in time, was occupied by the boulevard with the same name. Nowadays, the area certainly lives up to the meaning of its name, as the home of the nine muses of sciences and arts.


As a proof, the Cemetery in the area, where artists like Constantin Brancusi, Charles Baudelaire, Jean Paul Sartre, Samuel Becket, Simone de Beauvoir and Susan Sontag are buried, is quite famous among tourists, who always find the time to visit it and take pictures.

Montparnasse Cemetery

The tower (Tour) with the same name, the region’s skyscraper, never goes unnoticed either, dominating the area with its futuristic architecture and imposing silhouette.

Art and history lovers are mostly fond of the Pasteur Institute, while adventurers love to visit the Catacombs of Paris.

But the restaurants, cafes and bars remain the greatest attraction, certainly due to their connection with some of the world’s greatest artists’ names, such as: Picasso, Apollinaire, Cocteau, Leger, Ezra Pound, Cioran, Salvador Dali, Samuel Becket, Henri Miller and others.

It therefore doesn’t matter if you’re into art, history, fun or shopping, visiting Montparnasse will be a fulfilling and memorable experience.

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