Kirkkosaari ("The Church Island", also known as Köyliönsaari) is one of the oldest places of residence in Satakunta area. Two Iron Age cemeteries are located at the north side of Kirkkosaari.
According the legend Lalli, the pagan chief of Kirkkosaari manor, killed bishop Henry on the ice of lake Köyliönjärvi on January 20, 1156. Although Henry has never been officially canonized, he has been referred to as a saint since as early as 1296 according to a papal document of the time. After this the manor and island was moved as the property of Turku bishop. Since 1746 the manor has been owned by Cedercreutz family and is still in private use. Present buildings are from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The church of Köyliö has been in Kirkkosaari since the Middle Ages. The present wooden church was built in 1752 to the old cemetery site. There are also some remains of the medieval chapel in Kirkkosaari manor garden.
Montparnasse Cemetery was created from three farms in 1824. Cemeteries had been banned from Paris since the closure, owing to health concerns, of the Cimetière des Innocents in 1786. Several new cemeteries outside the precincts of the capital replaced all the internal Parisian ones in the early 19th century: Montmartre Cemetery in the north, Père Lachaise Cemetery in the east, and Montparnasse Cemetery in the south. At the heart of the city, and today sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, is Passy Cemetery.
Montparnasse cemetery is the burial place of many of France's intellectual and artistic elite as well as publishers and others who promoted the works of authors and artists. There are also many graves of foreigners who have made France their home, as well as monuments to police and firefighters killed in the line of duty in the city of Paris.
The cemetery is divided by Rue Émile Richard. The small section is usually referred to as the small cemetery (petit cimetière) and the large section as the big cemetery (grand cimetière).
Although Baudelaire is buried in this cemetery (division 6), there is also a cenotaph to him (between division 26 and 27). Because of the many notable people buried there, it is a highly popular tourist attraction.