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Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Categories: Cemeteries, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Moliere, Chopin, the list could go on but standing alongside these historic gravesites is an experience not to be missed. 
  • a must see a lot of well-known character, but difficult of all to find them, but there are always volunteer guides to help you!
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  • The cemetery is a little city in itself with named roads and avenues and numbered districts to help with navigation. I went with the specific purpose of capturing photographs of the overall place and ...  read more »
  • Although there's a map at the entrance, it's always best to pick up one at the administration office before you get to the high ground - it's a long walk back. Of all the famous individuals buried here, such as Oscar Wilde (writer), Chopin (composer and pianist), Theodore Gericault (artist), Jim Morrison, late of The Doors, probably garners the most traffic. Many of the tombs (such as Gericault's, which includes a bronze relief of his Raft of the Medusa painting) are works of art, and many others (such as Victor Noir and Georges Rodenbach) keep the individuals alive long after their death. Morrison's tomb is plainer than plain, a real disappointment for anyone that got a chill down their spine the first time they heard Light My Fire.
  • Haha- paris suckers- jim morrison more than likely faked his death and is probably chevy chase. Btw jimi hendrixs became Morgan Freeman. LE SUCKERS!!!
  • As strange as it is to say, this was the most breathtaking cemetery I have ever been to. It is massive in size and is very unique and full of history. It's a little creepy as some tombstones are strange but overall I highly recommend it!
  • Awesome cemetery that is FREE to get in. It was really cool. They have many mausoleums that are really ornate and creepy looking. Tons of photo opportunities here. Go see Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf. This is definitely a place I would go back to the next time I am in Paris.
  • As tangible as history gets. The famous and the forgotten are all interred here, in a rambling vast necropolis. Site of massacres and the resting place of many of those who have bestrode history like Collosi. Surreal memento mori abound in a uniquely affecting atmosphere filled with a collection of both spectacular and haunting graves tinged with juxtapositions of neglect and endless tourist visitation of a select few crypts. Truly surreal to see the attention paid to Jim Morrison while the graves of men like Cambacérès, author of the Napoleonic code and one of the most important men in Europe in his day, lie crumbling, neglected and unvisited.
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