DISCOVER MONTPARNASSE, THE ORIGINIAL ARTISTIC DISTRICT AND TURNING POINT FOR PARISIAN CULTURAL HISTORY
The Montparnasse Tower dominates the whole district with its mighty height of 210 metres. Well known as the artists district, Montparnasse was frequently visited by many major artists of the 20th Century, such as Picasso, Soutine, Foujita, Modigliani, Braque, Man Ray... From this rich past, Montparnasse has thus conserved artist workshops, famous cafés and infamous brasseries, such as the Closerie des Lilas or the Dôme. This Parisian distrct boasts important cultural settings with several points of interest such as the Panoramic Observatory of the Montparnasse Tower, the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens, the Montparnasse cemetery, the key entrance into the Catacombes, the Bourdelle Museum, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, and many more.
The Jardin du Luxembourg, created in the 16th century, comprises a French garden as well as an English garden, and includes an apiary, orchard, rose garden and orchid greenhouses. A poetic universe designed as a haven of peace, where it's a pleasure to stroll!
Founded in 1847, the legendary Closerie des Lilas was home to both the bourgeoisie of the time and a host of penniless artists who made it their HQ. The most illustrious representatives of twentieth-century art, including Émile Zola, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway, would gather here every Tuesday to share their ideas. Today, its piano bar, garden terrace and rich history continue to delight visitors.
The XIVth arrondissement and its famous Rue de la Gaîté are home to numerous theaters, making them the ideal place to plan a typically Parisian evening. You'll find the legendary Théâtre Bobino, La Comédie Italienne, Théâtre de la Gaieté Montparnasse and Théâtre Montparnasse. There's something for everyone!