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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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  • We wandered the cemetery for about an hour one afternoon. It was nice to see all the history in a beautiful place. It was very peaceful and easy to navigate. Highly recommend!  more »
  • Go early as it does start to get quite busy from noon on wards. Really beautiful inside the cemetery and also around the neighbourhood. Well worth a visit!  more »
  • Either you like old cemeteries or not. We love them. Wandering around and looking at the dates and names on the tombstones was fascinating. Something we noticed during our March trip is that there wer...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Peaceful place. The founder of Homoeopathy Hahnemann Graveyard was the main reason why I visited here.
  • This is free! Gates open at 8am on weekdays. We visited at 11am, under the beautiful blue sky and a sunny day, it was chilly with morning wind. April. It is very beautiful and peaceful. AND GIGANTIC. And I don't mean the cemetery itself! I mean each stone is gigantic. I am shorter than everything. This is very big and there aren't a lot of exits once you enter the cemetery, so be prepared to stay in!