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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The largest cemetery in the city, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery contains the graves of many famous French people buried over the past 200 years. The grave sites range from simple, unadorned headstones to towering monuments, and even elaborate mini chapels dedicated to the memory of well-known people or families. Many tombs are about the size and shape of a telephone booth, with just enough space to step inside, kneel to say a prayer, and leave some flowers. Over 1 million bodies are buried here, but you can download a listing with a map that shows the grave locations for the most prominent figures. At the secret ossuary behind the Aux Morts statue, see the bones of almost 2 million Parisians from all over the city, similar to the skull and bone ossuary from the famous Paris catacombs. See Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and all Paris has to offer by arranging your trip with our Paris trip itinerary planner.
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  • The cemetery is A LOT bigger than I could ever have imagined. It is huge! But the graves/tombs are stunning, and the atmosphere isn't morbid at all - it's very peaceful and definitely worth a...  more »
  • Lots of walking, to burn off the extra calories that were consumed on our visit. Morrison's grave is hard to find; when you go in through the main entrance there is a map - snap a picture, you'll...  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit when you're in Paris - beautiful shady avenues and fascinating tombs. I'd done my research on graves to visit, but clearly don't have a great sense of direction, as I got...  more »
  • Impressive To visit the graveyard it is like to visit a museum. Some very old Graves, and one of the most visited graves from Jim Morrison Also Oscar Wild and Edith Piaf you will find here. Good thing to do
  • This cemetery is a very special place where artists of all forms are burried. It is a nice and quiet park where one can walk about and reflect on the works of the greats living there. You can purchase a map of the cemetery and walk along the resting site of some of most revered writers, musicians, and painters. It is surprisingly calm and does not appear to be inundated by tourists.
  • This is one of my favorite cemeteries. Not for Jim Morrison but because there is a tomb with a bust of a man and the face is so worn down it legit looks like Voldemort. Find it you won't be disappointed. But, in all seriousness, be respectful don't leave trash or run around all loud. This is the final resting place of so many people. Treat this place with reverence and be mindful of where you are. Yes, I'm looking at you Americans.
  • My life partner and I have formulated a subconscious habit of visiting famous cemeteries on holiday. We don’t know why, but what is clear is that we found a lot of time for reflection, good thought and conversation here. Paris is famous for many reasons, but realistically, this is a place you must visit and explore to reconnect with purpose and understand the history of what Paris means historically.
  • I usually don't visit cemeteries but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Its really pretty and its calming to take a stroll inside. If you're visiting to visit any of the famous plots, I would suggest you download the map before hand just in case you're unable to get the paper ones from the entrance.

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