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Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

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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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  • Fascinating place to visit. There are many very famous people buried here, but also many others that really should be more well known than they are. A couple of plots along from Oscar Wilde's grave li...  more »
  • I went - probably as most do - not to see the Cemetery but to see Jim Morrison's last resting place and to pay my respects. Any serious "rock music" lover should make the Pilgrimage. But I was saddene...  more »
  • The Père-Lachaise Cemetery offers surprises again and again. This mystical place acts differently depending on the time of day and weather. It is worth to visit not only the graves of famous people. It is also suitable for a trip with children. Our boys (5 years) have enjoyed the "creepy" atmosphere.
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  • I could not have imagined such a place before I visited this beautiful cemetery which has a quite and serene atmosphere. It is a truly humbling place and you get to witness many family legacies and beautiful gardens. The highlights were Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.
  • Who knew a cemetery could be so beautiful. Some of these mausoleums are beautiful works of art. You could spend hours walking the different streets and not see all of this place.
  • Definitely download the map from the website if you are looking for anything in particular. I spent a long time wandering around searching for the grave of Edith Piaf and finally found it after asking a caretaker for directions - it's right near the path! We got to see the memorable process of a grave apparently being dug up (end of lease perhaps)? Which we spotted from for away with the help of the strong scent of burning incense. Never seen anything like that before. It's well worth visiting just to enjoy the views from the hill, the quiet seclusion, and the beautiful monuments - rather than just visiting the celebrities and then leaving.
  • Maybe it sounds a bit macabre to rate a graveyard 5 stars, but it really is amazing. When you're used to the lame graveyards of England with tombstones about two feet high, this comes across as pretty impressive. It's definitely worth a visit when you come to Paris; it would be rude not to come and say hi to Jim.
  • Amazing tour guide there. Ask for a guy who makes tours there. You won't regret! I promise you've never seen anything like his tours before. I think his name is Raffael