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Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Pere Lachaise Cemetery


Tombs of famous artists

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The Pere Lachaise Cemetery is the final resting places of the world’s most beloved artists and the most visited cemetery in the world. Among the many well-known figures buried here, you will find Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin and Edith Piaf. More than a simple cemetery, the Pere Lachaise could be considered as an open air museum, with extraordinary funerary art. The quiet and serene atmosphere of this area makes it wonderful place for a relaxing walk.

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About this place

16 Rue du Repos, 75020
Line 2/3 - Père Lachaise Line 3/3bis - Gambetta

Saturday : 8:30 am - 18:00 pm
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Monday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Tuesday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Wednesday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Thursday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Friday : 8:00 am - 18:00 pm Saturday : 8:30 am - 18:00 pm Sunday : 9:00 am - 18:00 pm

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The most visited Cemetery in the world

The Pere Lachaise Cemetery is the biggest cemetery in Paris, and with its 3.5 million visitors per year, it is also the most visited cemetery in the world.
Designed as an English garden and divided into 97 divisions, not only is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery a beautiful and quiet haven but it is also considered as an open air museum for its funerary architecture and historical people buried in its premises.

Making the Most of it: go hunt for famous tombs

The Pere Lachaise Cemetery is very big (439,300m²), and it’s easy to get lost in this maze of small paths. But that’s also the fun part. For an optimal and fun visit, plan to stay there for at least 2 hours. After all, the famous tombs are not indicated with neon light arrow signs, so you will have to hunt for them.

Access the cemetery from the northeastern entrance for a downhill visit. If you don’t want to buy a foldable map of the cemetery, take a picture of the large map at the entrance and zoom in to navigate when inside the cemetery.

Famous tombs: Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Moliere...

Here are some of the iconic tombs of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery:

  • Jim Morrison (6th division) – singer of the rock band The Doors in the 1960’s.

  • Oscar Wilde (89th division) – Irish author of the Portrait of Dorian Grey

  • Molière & La Fontaine (25th division) – respectively French playwright and fabulist

  • Marcel Proust (85th division) – author of Remembrance of Things Past

  • Frederic Chopin (11th division) – composer

  • Héloïse & Abélard (7th division) – famous medieval lovers, classified monument

  • Edith Piaf (97th division) – singer

Parisianist Tip: Don’t miss Victor Noir’s grave in Division 92. The life-size statue is said to have fertility powers. You’ll understand when you see it…

Curiosities: a crematorium and a memorial

Construction of the crematorium started in 1887. Although finished in 1908, the first cremation in France took place in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in 1889 in spite of the ban (lifted in 1969). The columbarium surrounding the crematorium is where the ashes are stored, including the ashes of a few French celebrities.

On the eastern corner of the cemetery are numerous sculptures in memory of those who have died tragically in Nazi death camps.

In May 1871, the 147 survivors of the French civil war (Commune) were executed by a firing squad in front of a wall of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. This wall is known today as the Communard’s Wall (Mur des Fédérés)

History: from a vineyard to a cemetery

Originally a resting place for Jesuits until 1750 – and home to Father Lachaise (Père Lachaise), King Louis XIV’s confessor – the abandoned hill was chosen to welcome a cemetery at the turn of the 19th century: the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Architect Brongniart designed the new cemetery, which opened in 1804. To boost the cemetery’s popularity, the bodies of French playwright Molière and fabulist Jean de la Fontaine were transferred to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in 1817. An instant success! From 13 graves in 1804, the cemetery now has a total of 70,000 graves, 5300 trees and… 100 live cats!

Conclusion: a peaceful haven

A visitor once told us: “if the cemeteries could be as beautiful as the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, I would go there a lot more often!” That is the truth... In light of the beauty of the area, the calm and quiet ambiance and all the highlights and historical facts, our recommendation is simple: don’t miss a chance to visit the most visited cemetery in the world!

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