Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise), Paris

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The largest cemetery in the city, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise) 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 (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise) and all Paris has to offer by arranging your trip with our Paris trip itinerary planner .
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  • Beautiful ballad on this sunny Sunday to fall. The great as the small steeped in history as well. You spend easily several hours to walk between the various graves. It is not always apparent good will. I think taking a guide during your next visit. See if you are passing in Paris
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  • The cemetery is beautiful, with vaults of exceptional beauty. It is easy to navigate, everything is very well said... We can even find famous graves from Google maps! To have even embarrassing, we lose the solemn side and recollection of a cemetery, which it turned into attraction. Not sure I go back...
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  • Nice place to do a little work on a Sunday afternoon. I buy a small map at the entrance of the cemetery (2.5 or €3) and go us. We follow the aisles by a route to identify the graves of the people that we know. The aisles are wide, and come fall, the aisles are filled with chestnuts. The cemetery is far from flat. For people with reduced mobility, it may be more difficult to get around.
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  • It is not often that one visits a cemetery while "being a tourist"!! Pere-Lachaise cemetery was started 214 years ago, and to gain entry, one must have either died or lived in Paris. While living or dying in Paris is essential for entry, it only gets one on the very long "waiting list". This is Paris' largest cemetery and covers about 110 acres, or about 4.7 million square feet. Many people [take the Metro number 3 line] come to see a bit of history and have a pleasant, informative walk. I hope that this review has been helpful!!
  • A must see in Paris ! , Don't hesitate to put it in your top 10 when you visit Paris. You can visit the graves of many many famous people from Balzac to Oscar Wilde and etc. Very good metro access at both North and south side of the cemetery. It is like a museum with the style of British gardens. The entrance is free and toilets are available. If you search for someone especial, try to find the grave address before going to the cemetery as the provided map is not complete.
  • Definitely worth visiting! We have been there only once and will definitely go back to discover more of this magnificent and peaceful place. There are so many famous people buried there, from Yves Montand, Paul Eluard, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, to Balzac or Sarah Bernhardt. It is a very large place and I would recommend to do it in several space. We were there on a sunny day, which made the stained glass of some the tomb come out with magnificent colours. A personal favourite is the cremation area.
  • I was apprehensive about visiting this place after the massive drama that happened with Black Friday and being goth myself didn't want to cause any trouble. I had to visit disguised as a normal person. But I am a huge fan of The Doors so I had to see it at some point. Absolutely stunning in November. The leaves were still falling off the tress and there was a sea of golden foliage everywhere. A few steep stairs to climb but worth it for the crumbling tombs and moss covered statues. One of my favorite places to visit in Paris. And it's HUGE. You could spend all day there trying to navigate it.
  • Massive and beautiful cemetery with graves of some very famous people including Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. The cemetery is pretty big and very well maintained. Would definitely reccommend it for a visit.
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