Arrondissement 14, Montsouris and Montparnasse
Arrondissement 14 of Paris used to be veri lively. It still is if you go there in the morning. In this area of the city quiet and residential districts alternate with more lively ones.
The landmarks of arrondissement XIV surely are the Montsouris Park and the Montparnasse Cemetery.
An attraction that you may not know are the Parisian Catacombs. It is an ossuary in Paris underground. It is the place where Victor Hugo set part of his masterpiece Les Misserables!
Arrondissement 14, the main attraction
Once there, you can salute the most important French intellectuals. Opened in 1824, it is huge and it is like a museum. Some graves are artworks.
If you go to Montparnasse cemetery you will find monuments in memory of very important people in French culture. For example Jules Dumont d’Urville, Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant.
Others are Tristan Tzara, Costantin Brancusi, Man Ray.
The philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir rest there too.
I know that it is very difficult to orientate yourself in Montparnasse Cemetery so, I uploaded a map that you can download for free clicking here.
Arrondissement 14, districts and metro stations
Anyway, if you go to Parc-de-Montsouris you will see a building that is there since the 1867 expo! When you go there, remember that the park itself is designed by the engeneer Jean-Chares Alphand.
If you want to go to the fourteenth arrondissement of Paris taking the metro, remember its stations. Alésia, Denfert-Rochereau, Edgar Quinet and Gaite. Plus, Montparnasse-Bienvenue, Mouton-Duvernet and Pernety. Plaisance, Porte d’Orleance, Porte de Vanves and Raspail are useful too. Note down also Saint-Jaques and Vavin.