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Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

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Cemetery Landmark
The largest cemetery in the city, Père 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. To visit Père Lachaise Cemetery on your trip to Paris, use our Paris itinerary builder.
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  • During main tourist times there are usually people selling guides at the main entrances, as the cemetery office in the western side of the site is not always open. There are map signs at strategic pla...  more »
  • Recommended for nature lovers and photography (amateur or pro). 43 hectares (almost half del Verano in Rome which counts 83 acres). You may want to print a map from the internet efficiently as at the info point will give you a sheet of a4 paper came to the millionth copy that is almost unreadable and highly unnecessary. Should be made clear that if you think you can find the sculptural wonders del Verano or di Stigliano (Genoa), I'm sorry to disappoint you, but you'll have to take it away from you. Go to Pere Lechaise means starting a labyrinthine tour in search of countless tombs of famous: this is. An enchanting adventure where you will be immersed in nature and in which it will be exciting to find the tomb of your favorite writer or myth (Yes, because in some cases will become a challenge or a matter of principle, be able to find them Hahaha). Funeral sculptures are very few but fine. Is the difference compared to our cemeteries that us catches the eye, as well as the fact that in France is not tradition the funeral photos. Pere Lechaise is a maze and a labyrinth of family chapels, most of which are very old and in decline, destruction, or now incorporated-embraced by nature. It is this difference that is suggestive, not so much the beauty of what you will see. The Verano or Stigliano, open-air Museum of sculptures are, Pere Lechaise is a timeless place where getting lost and finding graves of luminaries, genes, giants of Arts and then note in most cases, the humility of death.
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  • The cemetery is not causing discouragement. History with a sequel. I think to not turn this place into a routine, and, of course, we are all equal before God, then navigate with pointers that "that's where the grave of Edith Piaf or Balzac" is missing. There is only room division. Well, and then themselves. All beautiful, simple, clean and quiet. Get the Uber.
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  • I loved visiting this cemetery more than I thought I would... spent the whole morning in this beautiful & peaceful place exploring. I will definitely be going back next time I am in Paris.
  • Been to Paris to see Jim's grave. Its a hunt like Easter eggs. Wonderfully kept cemetery. The last trip we missed going due to a metro strike.
  • I have to say I'm furious with the behavior of your security and administration. You attacked two very lovely and fantastic people, a goth couple. This was uncalled for, not to mention extremely discriminatory and would be considered a hate crime against alternative people. You all need to have a lesson in manners and respect, need to revamp your security. You're behavior is attrocious, and it's shame as so many brilliant and creative people are inspired by your cemetery. This couple deserves a public apology and you need to give it. Frogs!
  • Right next to metro but official entrance is a bit further down where you can collect a map or take a guided tour (in French-& a donation is expected). Edith Piaf is here also & you can spend days in here-so much to see-all free! Hours change via seasons. They ring a bell end of the day, make sure you are out or you will get locked in!☺ I went in back way and used Google maps to find the famous graves.
  • This Cemetery is massive and beyond beautiful. If you see a man with curly hair and a worn leather jacket holding a binder go to him and he will give you an amazing tour. But do keep in mind he works for tips. He will take you every where and show you so many secret graves you may not find by yourself and he is an endless book of knowledge. Absolutely loved it!

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